Bethany Reid

What She Memorized for the Test

Not the quadratic equation
but the need

for things to add up
and not the tangent, not

the isosceles triangle,
but the way all angles

lean into what becomes:
bundles of hypotenuses,

factors and powers,
the heron flying,

drawing a line
across your circumference of sky.

Bethany Reid walks her dog, drinks lots of coffee, and writes one-sentence poems and other stuff in Edmonds, Washington.