How Archimedes Proved Ideas

If all the pencils and pens
in the world disappeared
I would write your name
in the ashes on the hearth.
If all the paper burned
into smoke and computers
went suddenly dark,
I would scribble it in the bath
in the suds of my oily skin.
If the damp sands washed away
with the tide, leaving the beach alone,
I would go to the floor of my basement,
on all fours, and draw it in the dust.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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