Poetry

Proof (3)

Group of young women performing atmospheric pressure experiments while studying science in normal school, Washington, D.C. By Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

They are spirited, drunk on love. They will float or sink; it’s all in their specific gravity. How much sweetness and light can yeast convert? Session is a matter of shift. They grasp at the glass, listening louder, fanning pages, filling available space to see what disperses and they can dispense with. Proof has lost all meaning. Roll with it.