by Eveline Pye

They need to trust you
describe their reasoning
in detail. Each premise
must be laid bare.

“Why did you do that?

Where did that number
come from?”

I follow each step
searching for the wrong idea,
the mistaken concept.

Sometimes, all I gift
is one new thought like….
“Dividing can make
a number bigger”,
and it’s as if I see
their minds inflate.

It’s like blowing air
into someone else’s lungs.
You have to stop
as soon as you can.

You need them
to  breathe again
- all on their own.