Treasure Island

Comfort Ndlovu


Numbers


When I think of the number 1
I remember how hard I pushed and pulled
and eventually won;

When I think of the number 2
I remember the illegal border jumpers who were arrested and tied together
two by two;

When I think of the number 3
I remember the elephant of Matopos
which uprooted a baobab tree;

When I think of the number 4
I remember the lion which killed a goat
whose feet were four;

When I think of the number 5
I remember my boss who liked to say:
'Okay guys, take 5! '

When I think of the number six
I remember the troublesome monkey
and his dirty tricks;

When I think of the number 7
I remember the prophet Elijah
who was accepted in heaven;

When I think of the number 8
I remember how foolish I was
when I was only eight;

When I think of the number 9
I remember a nonagenarian
whose years are ten times nine;

When I think of the number 0
I remember how I got to rise
From zero to HERO!

Submitted: Thursday, March 07, 2013

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