Those who collect numbers
for government agencies count
people, count rooms, count
closets and sinks and beds
and from these numbers, conclude.
The census taker who sees three people
in a house, two sinks, three beds,
may assume a guest room, a separation,
polyamory; any of these likely
to elicit a “yes” when asked
to stay for dinner. Government
food vouchers only go so far.
Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Chiron Review, Guide to Kulchur, and Third Wednesday, among others.