Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Counting

Numbers are useless,
Yet many have counted
The numerous ways
People say their goodbyes.
How many of it we've seen:
A slow hand waving
Where before that was
An embrace, a slow release,
A peck on the cheek,
Or simply, a pat on the back.

Certainly, more useless
Counting trails during
The wait for their return.
Perhaps this was how
Patience was discovered:
When a man long yearned
For a friend to arrive.

Once, I was outside trying
At 11:55p.m. to cross the road.
The numbers went about
Meaningless, and yet to count
The stars knowing the great distance
Of home, and to gather understanding
Of the plight back, made perfect sense.

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