Numbers and Categories

There are two ways to label,

numbers and categories.


Height, weight, and the circumference of the waist divided by the hips

Define beauty.

Age, IQ, and net worth

Add substance to otherwise insubstantial chatter.


Color, sex, and gender

Are black and white, literally.

Social status and religion

Supposedly raise the few from perdition while damning the rest to the flames.


Am I supposed to

Flashback to algebra one,

Plug in gender for x,

Age for y,

And make a person?

A human? Is that how it works?





Why define ourselves

By numbers and categories

That don’t add up to,

Can’t add up to


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