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I could see a small departing stage
until there were fourteen stages
each one showing an opposite rib
except for those days when there was
no rib when even long division relies
poorly on my own acuity
as though more beneficial to me
is the rib held for drawing its one
letter on a mound of excited feldspar  
all my life the excited feldspar
except for those days when I held
the rib for pointing onward
the rib in all its fourteen different
mosses and the one sound predicate
was the rib finding its way