As you look at the graph of Y=1/x (above) you will notice the values become extremely large as you approach the asymptote where the value of x equals zero. At x = zero the y value becomes infinite (at the asymptote).
We have the same situation when we approach temptation. It gets stronger and stronger as we get closer to the object of our temptation and when you touch your temptation you lose the game. In other words the shorter the distance to your object of temptation the closer you get to the asymptote.
The form of the poem is an orthogonal space poem