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.