Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Celestial Terms

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Celestial Terms

Article excerpt

You love me in algebra-

D + d = L to the Nth degree,

and I love you in quarter notes-

a fierce appoggiatura and a soft, high C.

We loved each other then in

a jumble of chords using mostly black keys,

in square roots, and Pi with ice

cream, and the straining of infinity.

We passed my childhood in a

barrage of love-fear-grief-love-our Symphony.

When firmaments fell, you were

quiet. You held your anger safe from me.

At my wedding dance (neither

of us dances) we circled awkwardly,

and when I left the house for good

I looked up the long, steep length of driveway

and choked on my new freedom.

I couldn't picture what my life would be.

And now, we tiptoe on the phone

(not our favorite). But then, last Christmas Eve

we debated math, Ron Paul,

and the theory of relativity,

and my poor husband went to bed

with a titan headache, like Sicily

invaded by the Romans.

But it is the inevitability

of you and me, the red-haired

inventor and blond pigtailed girl, hungering

for the best of what you could

(D+d) and could not quite give to me:

Someday we will share feelings. …

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