For Zoe (who taught me about kerning* today)

 

*kerning (noun): the spacing between characters of a font

 

When we’ve written all the letters we can write

And all our tossing and turning is done

 

The day will finally come

 

When every typographer at his or her desk

Will take on the burden

Of all our burning yearning

And turn themselves to the task

Of discerning our kerning

 

Maybe then we’ll learn

T h e   r i g h t f u l   p r o p e r   d i s t a n c e

Between u, my dear, and i.