Sunday, February 5, 2012

Safety in Numbers












Sunday morning I balance my check book;
the orderliness  of rows and columns is comforting.
I write in pencil, so errors can be erased,
though I rarely make a mistake.
I print the numbers deliberately,
 forming each line and curve with care.
I double-check the math, and when I am finished
 the bank and I agree: everything balances.

I print ‘BALANCED!” with precision
across the front of the statement in ink,
because once reconciled, it never changes.
Then I file the statement in the hanging file labeled
‘Bank Statements-Checking’ in the
third drawer of the file cabinet in my home office.
And everything is just so.

Next I do Sudoku puzzles.
The nine, neat boxes stacked in order wait for me;
there is logic, process, method used to solve the problem.
It is a comfort to find where each number belongs.
There are rules to follow as I systematically fill in the grid.
Numbers are safe (thus the expression).
They don’t lie, or cheat, or grow bored and fall out of love.

One day I will move on to the Sunday Crossword Puzzle,
but not yet. 
I am not yet ready to deal in the treachery of words.

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12 comments:

  1. Ah, the treachery of words... not as precise as numbers, are they? There is a certain comfort in a place for everything and everything in its place.

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  2. That's true Denise, and actually I'm not at all the person described here. I am words and chaos, lol!

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  3. Oh, I love it! You create this character so well. Killer last line!

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. I am not this character...but I know several of them very well.

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  4. love this,

    I write pay checks and keep records, but never thought of writing about it,

    you rock, keep it up.

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  5. Love "they dont....grow bored and fall out of love".....and your fantastic last line. Good one, kiddo!

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    1. Thanks Sherry - always good to 'see' you.

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  6. Nice write. I like that you are the words and chaos :) sounds like me...words and chaos as well :)

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    1. lol, I have been unofficially crowned Queen of Chaos in my little neck of the woods! Nice to meet a fellow chaotic!

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  7. I am amazed, this is so much better than so many poems in blogland.
    At first I couldn't see what you were after, but then I got drawn in and the end is marvellous.

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    1. Thank you so much Friko, I really appreciate your kind comment!

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