Binary

—Abel: [01000001 01100010 01100101 01101100]
Cain: [0100011 01100001 01101001 01101110]

take these
awesome
multitudes

and cleave
to zips and
ones

what do you
come up with

how many
cleavings
till you’re
done

this is not a sequence
that propagates a sum

it’s blood and bone

it sweats

its joints creak

it breathes

it hurts

it’s no mere
algorithmic line,
it’s fleshy prominence

a spit of dirt with
brain & spine
that must not be
trifled with

it feels

it’s tender brutal
coy and vain (though
sometimes kneels)

some call its mother
Bluesky

some call its mother
Rain

some call its father
Abel

some call its father
Cain
.
Jim Culleny
9/27/18