Task: flood and drain a basement without moving any of its itemsfrom their original locations. Task: engrave a memorial address intothe head of a pin. Task: organize livestock into neat rows of six. Task:map the desert, then cross it. Task: calculate the difference betweenthe tortoise and the hare, between Achilles and the tortoise, betweenthe Earth and the moon. You know the speech In event of moon disasterwas written but never delivered, and the phrase space race fails toreflect the fact that it doesn’t end, as far as we know. As far as weknow. Is that, like, a measurable distance. I know you as far as I canthrow you, which is to say I know you better when we’re on the moon,impaling it with flags it doesn’t know are American, or whatever the kidsare calling it these days. There’s a giant hole in Arizona, and I’m justtrying not to digest my own stomach. Dear math, how will you save us?The way we understand 1998. Knowing the Spanish but not how to say it.