When There Were None
In “The Last Super” Jesus and his disciples
are lined up like they were getting ready
for a photograph and in “Knights of the Round
Table” the guys are all decked out in fancy robes.
But who comes to this table are women.
And how miraculous the mind of the woman
who made a wailing wall of Vietnam
a saucer of martyrs for Civil Rights
a wave field to honor the ocean.
Here on this smooth round green granite
is the spiral count of women etched in stone
who have graduated from Yale.
From a singularity, a long sequence of zeros
beginning in 1701 slowly scrolls around and upward
to prime 13 and progresses to 4,947 in 1992.
Future dates remain uncounted and unrecorded
although in the fall of 2018 flowers appeared
in mourning when a rapist was confirmed
as a justice on the Supreme Court.
Each number represents a real woman
not a “silent listener” (those long zeroes…)
a woman who had become a member of the club.