X is for, well, X

 

ten in the Roman system

 

the unknown planet in

old sci-fi films and maybe

new astronomy

 

the name of the ray the

Curies made in life and

death that we might see

below the skin

 

first letter in in the name

of the Persian warrior

on the other side of

Thermopylae,

 

same with a saint (a

university), a musical

instrument, and the

musician named Cugat

 

and, yes, the name that

gave the X to comic

books, television, graphic

novels, and films

 

first letter (transliterated

from Aztec) for

Xochimilco, the floating

gardens of Mexico

City,

 

which fed the center

of empire and now feeds

beauty for the city

 

first letter for a queen

who challenged Roman

might; her people

feared those from the

outside and for good,

tragic reason

 

her name became a

modern term, Xenobia

to xenophobia

 

it’s what we sometimes

use to correct; lefties

prefer it to writing a

check-mark

 

it starts the sequence for

both genders

 

it is a shape

 

it’s what’s used when a

whole signature is not

required

 

mostly, though, we know

what it’s for: in song, in

verse, in story—and the

human heart—it is

 

a symbol for the searcher

 

X marks this, doesn’t it?

where the treasure lay

 

 

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