The Ache of Logic

by Kirsty Logan

There is a reason

            that a censer is swung

            like a medieval flail

            and tiny coins are chained

            into noisy jewellery.


There is a reason

that girls are named

for gems and flowers,

pretty things good for

decoration or pollination.


There is a the reason

for the theft of people

and the melting of gold;

            for the knowledge that worms

            will someday eat our eyes.