Geoffrey Long
Tip of the Quill: Archives
30:19 Beth

She'd always been fascinated by numbers,
not as an accountant might be,
but as a painter.

She loved their curves and lines,
loved the patterns traced by the empty space
that yawned between them when you ran them
in random strings and sequences.

When no one was looking
she would fish through the trash
in the shiny metal bins
by the ATM machines
not to steal accounts
but to steal art.

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