back ups

in this modern age of love/sex
we are all very clever.

in case you don’t work, she tells me,
I have 4 back ups.

4.   well, that’s good, I say.

how many you got? she asks.

well, now–

one and
two and, ah, there’s, yes, 3,
and the one in Berkeley, that’s 4,
and there’s yes, there’s
5.   5, that’s it.

she blinks.

there will never be any rest between the
male and female so long as more than one of each
exists upon earth or