3 5 7

December 22, 2007

Found a graph on landing number two,
on its own, as the stairs
swerved to take another floor
on its own, no name,
mark or explanation, just
the careful list,
stark equation:
3 5 7.
I would have written
just beneath it
ruby marker
bought from wilkos:

This wall is
scrawled with – odd haiku
wrong syllables, brooding ants.

but the person who lives
in my block of flats –
who’d listed numbers,
swift and sure as flying ducks,
might have been thinking
on a different kind
of semiotic relevance –
3 5 7
number bus
ideally taken
3 5 7
number of times
too long waited
3 5 7
days apart
3 5 7
days lived here
3 5 7
poems written
3 5 7
poems read,
crouching tigers,
beating wings –
Hard to say.

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3 Responses to “3 5 7”

  1. pam said

    I like this…would maybe leave off the last line.

  2. Hey pammy:)

    Thanks for reading it. Could be right. Think the rest needs an edit too – just cringing as I read it again!

    Hope your xmas stuff’s going well, LXXX

  3. pam said

    Hi Lyd,

    The poem may need some incubation time..they usually do.
    Still busy, busy

    Have a great Christmas!xxx

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