Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Number Numbness

Hold on to this number
and this number
and this number
5466 1608 1345 2093
Make sure you don't lose them.
Numbers open everything.
Don't get them mixed up.

You cannot call home with your Social Security number.
You cannot charge a purchase with your cell phone number.
Numbers are very particular.
Even though there are only 10 digits,
they dance around
and jump over each other
and then jump back again,
and they expect you to remember
when and where they stop.

I am holding on to
 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0,
but even though it looks like
123, 456, 890,
it's not.
Numbers are tricky like that,
and put in a dot
and everything changes.

On the first of January
we are expected to use a new number,
2015 instead of 2014
or is it twenty fifteen
which, technically is
two separate numbers.

I can't hold on to these numbers

they keep slipping out of my hands.

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