Signs and Symbols (poem 4)

The map is not your body:
Our functions are not
linear; our tangents
derived from simple
meanings — a sign or symbol,
Greek or Arabic.

The map is not your body:
We cannot solve ourselves,
but where we intersect,
I am integral.
You are my secant.

The map is not your body:
Mercator’d here, its
curve is lost — I trace great circles;
search for some meridian between our poles —

I must remember:
The map is not your body.

 

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