man with stocking cap and blue shirt with caption "Alphabet Love"
Mario Loprete’s “Alphabet Love B-Boy”


An eleventh issue—like an eleventh hour—depends
on faith in all the clicks of time and keyboards,

the flicks of pen and paintbrush. I cannot quantify
how grateful I am. Nor can I explain how benefit

is to cost as the spirit is to art. I may not convince
an owl, unblinking on a branch, any more than I can

convert a nihilist or a statistician. Some humans
spell love across space despite the distance.