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SUBTRACT

Here is what I learned this week:
Things are linked and must add up,

or rather they always do,
even if you can't count them.

That's why there are rules:
everything needs an armature.

Think of a grammar without a language:
Grip o grop si lasky sop. A language

without semantics: The been run run,
sure the run, set, set, set.

A world without hair: O Daddy-O!
A sound without vibration: tang.

A word without a voice: sand. A hill
without dirt, ha! An island without sky: bottle.

Take flatness from paper: sculpture.
A rebus without meaning: "Enjoy Coca-Cola."

If you could subtract green from trees
you'd steal the simpleness from an apple.

You can't empty without transforming —
take sleep from night and you have endless days.

Take height from the sky and you bump your head
on the moon. Subtract feeling from the man

and you have an angry woman.
Take risk from love and you get marriage.

Take criss from cross and zig from zag,
take color from flowers, take

the last shudder from your body
and prepare the world for life without you.

      — Pelle Cass