for John Garamond
The differences between ‘and’ and ‘&’might be exhaustively catalogued.listed at random,
or organized into Aristolean taxonomies.
The conflagration of letters
‘a’, ‘n’, and ‘d’
create a well-meaning but pompous aristocrat.
Consider his rather exacting construction:
‘a’ hovers on the left boundary of the key board
‘n’ is below, most of the way to the opposite side
‘d’ is up and back, virtually where we began.
‘and‘, spelled out, signifies a cause
worthy of this almost-roundtrip journey,
and ‘and’ is happy
spelling out the logical linkage
of objects which have done what they are supposed to do,
respectable connections, of solid breeding,
they mind their p’s. and q’s.
but ‘and’ has a younger brother
or a late-in-life child,
a punk rocker
an 8, swollen below the waist like old man Elvis but given a tail
It is perhaps significant worth noting,
that it is ‘shift’ 7,
(lucky, mystical, irrational 7
which results in the alternative and, &
not shift 8
two keys simultaneously
choose one at either end and also the other in the top middle
but then, it is done,
ready for prelogical conjunctions,
it does not follow the rules
it is indivisible, mystical, somehow
I will buy milk and eggs at the grocery store this evening
and I will eat them with my wife and my children.
I will do the dishes alone then
I will scribble off a note,
and I will post it on the door to my study
“I am meditating and I wish to be left alone.
I & the universe are busy becoming one.”