in its complex, ovoid emptiness,
a skillful pundit coined it as a sort
       of stopgap doorstop for those
                     quaint equations

                     Romans never
dreamt of. In form completely clever
and discrete—a mirror come unsilvered,
       loose watch face without the works,
                     a hollowed globe

                     from tip to toe
unbroken, it evades the grappling
hooks of mass, tilts the thin rim of no thing,
      remains embryonic sum,

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