The Crossroads 2

We met at the crossroads of improbability.
We sought to trade
After we bartered and bargained
All the usual goods-
Gold and shells and glass devices
And when there was nothing more to trade
She said- How about ideas?
Do you want to barter ideas?

If I offer you the concept of zero,
how will you respond?

Zero, I said, what is the zero?

She explained how the zero

I was incredulous…
you want to trade nothing?

and we stopped our trade.

She laughed and departed, saying

Only when there is nothing
can it be filled.


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