Number One

And so what
that our planet
is bookable.

The moon listed in property records.
The sun included in a notarized deed.

Numbered cities. Mortgaged streets.
Multi-digital fate.

New wars
by property of the Decalogue.

Exorbitant sums of hope at public auctions.

And so what
when love
a twig brushed by the wind
is always Number One
and leans toward us.

Translation of "Numer Jeden." Copyright Ewa Lipska. By arrangement with the author. Translation copyright 2007 Robin Davidson and Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska. All rights reserved.

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