Funny Numbers

Poetry

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Confusion reigned as the count increased

’Twas beyond today and nearer to before

What do we do after nine ceased?

For, on the one hand, a lonely finger more

Everyone knew of its existence

As at any point, there is always nothing

Yet its symbolism escaped a physical presence

How can that nothing be represented with something?

Oh, what a relief the decimal system brought

And the zero took on new meaning

The world became an easier place we thought

But it only was a momentary feeling

And then, appeared a new numeral

A funny one that number seventeen

Familiar to use as digits visceral

When used as exaggeration or figure unseen

Seventeen times, I called you today, the wife says

I panic and grab my phone in fear

But a different truth the phone betrays

Still, I say, ‘I’m sorry, dear’

Two numbers, one a discovery that beckoned

The other, convenient randomness

Separated by an amount equal to the second

Engaging, charming and devoid of darkness

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A late entrant to singing, technologist, runner, avid reader, and writer(?). Blog at www.trivikramprasad.com. Seek humor in every situation.

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Trivikram Prasad

Trivikram Prasad

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A late entrant to singing, technologist, runner, avid reader, and writer(?). Blog at www.trivikramprasad.com. Seek humor in every situation.