An Ultimatum with a Tryst: On the Recurrent Shortcomings of an Asymptotic Relationship
She likes to stop-watch the sunset
brilliant burnt purple and orange,
and 3.858 seconds late.
She says it’s not that complicated either.
As day’s glow fades
the dark sea and navy sky
are welded together
while sand slips through the grip
of anyone trying to grasp it,
grain by grain
driftwood draws a natural logarithmic function1—
lines in the sand—
and I sense an imminent analogy
as she solves our lives with Limits.
My attention lies with the torrent
of waves rushing at my feet, shy,
and receding into the trough
on the next breaching swell
of waves rushing at my feet, etc.
Through her eyes:
waves are sinusoidal
circles are products of 2πr
we are binary.
If: y = L
And: f(x) = ln(x)+m
Then: f(x) ≠ L if the LIMx→∞ of f(x) exists for any y ≤ L
She says it’s not that complicated either3
you can, or, you can’t.
Now the moon is fastened overhead,
its gravity impending high tide’s arrival
which she calculates4
and suggests we move soon
while the surf tickles my toes,
wiping these sands anew
until the sun rises again
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