Mom Says, “When We Go into This Store Don’t Ask for Nothin, Don’t Touch Nothin, Don’t Even Look at Nothin, Cause You Ain’t Gettin Nothin'”

Beyoncé was like, I don’t know much
about algebra, but I know 1 + 1 = 2.

& I don’t know much
about money, but I know 2

is 2 mouths to feed, 2 bodies
to dress, 2 sets

of Yu-Gi-Oh decks, school trips
to Costa Rica, then France. 2

is college loans, & you
too? shortly after. Is I want

& its echo returning
with teeth.

Ars Poetica, age 4 four-year-old hand caressed that plastic world & beheld its cerulean tilt & spin