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Alpha, beta, gamma, delta.

The way is clear. This formulation

both lays the problem out and then reveals

the parts of a solution.

All we need to do is make connection

alpha to beta using this equation,

then follow that suggestion

to make the beta, gamma, delta link.

Damn—I had forgotten

that this equation also needs some zeta factor

and my clear beta, gamma, delta connection

is screwed up by a zeta factor

in ways that I can neither

control nor understand.

Yet here’s a thought. Just maybe I can

circle round the tentacles of zeta

by striking gamma from consideration

and making an approximate relation

by tying beta up with mu and lambda.

I can’t see clearly: I’ll need to wander

some way in that direction to determine

whether some real delta integration

is possible at all. I have to try.