A Geometer Reflects Upon His Grave, Grave Lossperhaps

the pain of loss

is equal to

the square of love

divided bythe cube of time that merely passes after loss

if so, it is

an asymptote

the curve of pain

decreasing toward

but never reachingzero

there is,

I know too well,

a calculus of grief

so there must be

a formula for pain,

an equation to express intensity of lossthe constant must be learned

experimentally

and must be based upon

some unit fit

to handle paradox:

to measure loss immeasurableI'm sure already

I will call that constant

psiperhaps I'll call the unit

pang

or

tear

or better yet

the heavy-year

-- Warren F. O'Rourke, 1991