Other Names for Love

A poet wrote, love makes
people. Does it not also unmake them?

You recall that linguistic riddle
about the not unblack dog and the not

unwhite rabbit running through
a not ungreen field—and how

mathematicians have always said,
remember that two negatives make

a positive. I can tell you
I've made some things out of love

including people, but I cannot
unmake them. I can only conclude

that some words have edges like glass
and that even their silence can be a severing.

But what has anyone said about discernment?
About how it isn't just love that runs

through the grass, marking other
paths for passage?

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