Some Numbers: for Cheryl Clarke

Even though I am not even a little

numbers oriented,  I do like

how some numbers look, seven so elegant,

even though one of my favorite grammar school

teachers taught math, she was a favorite

because of her dresses, Muriel Musante wore

one good dress after another, even though

I couldn’t say the word fifty when I turned fifty

I went to Guatemala where my fifty meant nothing

to anyone I met, absolutely nothing except for one woman

probably fifty who told me I would be short soon

I know for sure that numbers, although there are plenty

of intelligent math majors, whole schools of them,

numbers don’t mean much. But birthdays do.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


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