And Al-Razi said: our understanding rests in the
distance we keep from meaning. He wanted them to
keep the stone uncarved, a place for carving the name, a
little farther from the place of death.
Geraniums-natural or artificial--fill the space between
Al-Razi's mausoleum and his gravestone. Both are
enclosed in a metal fence, with a broken retort. And a
sieve at the bottom of the stone.
And I bore witness
that the futile yellowjackets
in their waxy nests swarmed
and seized the hives
and killed the honeybees
and the honeybees
turned into immigrants of sky
in delivering the sting
multiplied a thousand-fold.