if i were a ruler
i would be able to tell you how much, how long
compared to last month
or New Orleans
rulers have done more to damage the world
by comparing themselves to something more-
nothing spells insecurity like not measuring up to
or yesterday’s record
throw open the doors!
i want to know the violent pulse from the sky
but how far? how wide?
enough for beauty
but not for irreparable damage.
if you want the door closed, do it
and what about the leaks?
water dripping onto antique such-and-such
now it’s the whole roof!
and someone else has to fix the problem
measurements will have to be taken
if you measure in
i will measure in
pyrex or longitude or nanoseconds or eighth notes or