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Just Another Number - Poem by TMA

Am I just another number
To make up the statistics;
Just another example
That proves the rule;
To back up the facts,
To make up the percentages –
A faceless, voiceless number
To balance the equation?

Am I just another number
Will I ever be the one
That crosses right over the zero
In life’s number line?
Am I just another number
Can my life be calculated
Boiled down and rounded off
Into another co-ordinate in the graph?

I am the sum of my teachers’ teachings;
The product of a broken home
The aggregate of old-fashioned ideals
Holding on to core values
Inculcated by significant figures
Puzzled by life’s equation –
Still trying to find why
And looking for X…

I’ll have to add a bit of wisdom
Subtract a few friends
Determined, jaw squared,
To truncate the root of all evil;
Multiply my talents
My time divide among them;
Get on a tangent with my destiny
And watch out for the signs
That time is running out
And the problem must be solved…
At the end of the day, what does it all add up to?

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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