The Numbers Game


Number Illustration

The numbers

One and two and three,

Small steps towards infinity,

Where imagination crashes

And the universe falls to ashes.

They have disturbing connections

To reality,


This one one sees,

The one of Sun,

The other one of Moon,

Relates in intricacies

To all the many many mes.


There are pathways in my thoughts

Disobedient to musts and oughts,

Unruly to necessities of ones and twos and threes,

Searching hidden locks with keys

To wildnesses of what might bes.


The me of wakening to day

Fresh from dreams

Fabricated not, of what seems,

But rife with life with its own way,

Furious with things to say.


Evening, of course, has other means.

Computations come in streams

Demanding this, commanding that,

Squeezing universes flat

And plagued with parasitic memes.


Numbers can, with proper training,

Dance with chance – quite entertaining!

But elegance requires care

Fractious fractions can despair,

And land you damned near anywhere.

Numbers can bite, render and swear.


So watch it when the digits swirl.

Court them like a pretty girl.

Their handle on reality

May be difficult to see

And, at times it’s not there.

Numbers don’t always play fair.


The things we touch, the things we see

Are frequently elusive, strange.

Composed of thoughts out of range.

Numbers can be set to bark

When mysteries are in the dark.

Realities are fabrications

Festooned with vague approximations.

But numbers, sometimes, hit the mark.


So computations perambulate

Where pedestrians, equestrians

Have no gait, stumble and hesitate.

Numerical abstractions can supply

What’s missing from the blinking eye

And often rigors with the figures

Catch the fish worth the fry.






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