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Zero


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


0 is beautiful
0 invented by Indians
1 you can almost trust
2 is poor
3 the figure of human nature
4 the face of all paradox
5 is a handsome man
6 a repetitive voice
7 is a temptress
9 an ugly and noisy digit
So too is 8
100 is rich
1000 the symbol of strength
1 million resembles a god
All numerals should be round.

PI, never to be understood,
like the most womanly of woman,
elegant, not exactly trustworthy,
transparently unknowable
and most sensuously bleeding,
reaching out, retreating.
A faux pas femme-fatale!
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