the Tree of Knowledge, Part One, Section Five
by Julia Budenz
DIARY OF FLORA BAUM
Patient: I do not know what the prognostication is.
Doctor: The prognosis.
Am I not only words, yes, only words,
And not not only words but also something,
But words alone, since not is positive?
How can I then be Mrs. Malaprop?
Ms. Malaprog is what I am. I am
Miss Malaprognos. Must I miss or mix?
Prognosis glints of science, medicine,
Pure Greek, Hippocrates or Aristotle,
Newtonian. Hypotheses non fingo.
Prognostication hints at hybrid, hiss,
Hick, hit or miss, religion, divination,
Part Greek, part Latin. Fingo. Am I fiction?
Flora Urania Baum will I remain,
Linguistic mix upon a triple tongue,
True not to bloom, sky, tree, but to the song?