The Smallest Numbers

You and I
were a whole galaxy
spinning, sparking midst emptiness
gazing into each other’s eyes
speaking each other’s thoughts.
Then we begat
they and they
grew up became
their own galaxies.
Now you
and I
begin again
with the smallest numbers
midst the emptiness.

dverse with  Choose a Line
“from
Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Burning the Old Year”

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29 responses to “The Smallest Numbers

  1. I love how masterfully you have weaved the lines in… we are indeed expanding and then shrinking…

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  2. I really enjoyed this. The growing and increasing and decreasing and then beginning again. Strikes me as this is the story of many people’s lives!

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  3. Glenn Buttkus

    Ardor is replaced by deep respect, unflinching love, yet the relationship still requires constant stewardship & maintenance. Nice poem, really enjoyed the cosmic ride.

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  4. Splendid development of the chosen line, Debi, that has a metaphysical feel to it for me.

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  5. OH, I feel the empty nest of this vast sky. Mine are early teens, but on their way. I felt this, deeply, Debi.

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  6. I can relate to the cycle of family life, to they back to you & I. I think its important to maintain that love and friendship, amidst the empty nest ~ Love this one Deb ~

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  7. I echo the sentiments… the cycle often ends or begins with the smallest of numbers. Beautifully expressed 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  8. Wow.. what a take on that line! So nicely done.

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  9. Beautifully penned.

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  10. I am sure a lot of families can relate to your poem, Debi. I liked the way you used the image of the galaxies.

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  11. So interesting to reflect that the whole of the cosmos does this expansion and contraction dance…always arising and passing away. Loved your take using the line you chose, Debi.

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  12. This is the progression, for sure. I love the beginning again aspect of life…..so many beginnings.

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  13. This micro poem develops so beautifully to convey the brevity of the microcosms of family and relationships.

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  14. Ah, those galaxies above and beyond… I love the way you portray the love in a couple and a family and the sense of circularity.

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  15. This really touched my heart. Lovely. >

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  16. I know these stages so well. Thank you for so beautifully describing them!

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  17. Empty nest syndrome. It’s real love when the parents find each other again after the kids have gone. Well done.

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  18. Begat and begin again…yes, that’s the way

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  19. Greatly expressed, Debi! I know the feeling, glad their galaxies outshine mine, as it should be! Thank you!

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  20. A stellar poem describing a universal experience!

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  21. This is really well done. My oldest is 13, and my youngest is 5, so I have not yet experienced this “beginning again with the smallest numbers”…but I suppose it’s only a matter of time.

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  22. i suppose.. Long Term relationships are
    more like outer planets of neptune..
    pluto..
    and uranus..
    and sometimes
    icy comeTs now..
    iN ways oF colDer
    eYes meeTinG
    ‘tween sheets
    wArm…
    swiRling
    now ’round
    A UniVerse
    more untiL
    tHey
    ‘tween..
    aGaiN..:)

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