Try counting the seconds as they march
see how long it takes to forget.
Count the names in an old telephone book
and try to get past the A’s.
Count the times an athlete says ya know
then count the times that you do.
Count the number of steps to the bathroom
then the number of breaths in that span.
Count backwards from ten thousand
by 2’s and 5’s alternately.
Count the blades of grass in your minds lawn
and the number of times your foot twitches.
Count the energy expended
in algorithm pattern.
He looked up at me
he had one of those green visors on
looking like a constipated accountant.
Hard, isn’t it? he said.
His desk was crowded with thousands of pieces of paper
all with notes reminding him…
a droplet of sweat hung from his nose.
I had stopped counting
all numb with unknowing
as time happened all at once
a splendid and fantastic vista.
I was folded into a hundred billion cosmic shards.
I spoke to him from across the universe
or his cluttered office…
yes, it is very hard
very hard indeed.