Digits, Just Digits


Wherever I go

a couple of uninvited hikers march

by my side;

two black, fat figures,

a number seven and a number three


They come across like cartoon characters,

behave like stoned junkies

that I can't get rid of


I know their kind!


They try to keep up,

figure their calculus,

but they're just digits, I think to myself


You're just digits!”

I yell at them


They jerk, flinch,

but continue by my side


They have a hard time shadow-biking

beside me in the ditch-bank

'round ancient Uppsa Mound royal tomb

and the viking stone ship grave at Lid;

obese, unwieldy, sweaty, rubbery digits;

a 7 and a 3


They're with me all over the place and always


When I sleep the lie on the rag-rug

on the floor

below my bed, snoring and farting,

damned bummer numbers!


I come back home with them in tow

after 40 miles of mountain biking

on 1 May,

shower, down a quart of protein liquid

and lie down on top of the bed

under my heavy, deep blue Indian blanket,

listening to Shivkumar Sharma and his santoor

in Raga Purya Dhanashri


The digits stand around in the doorway, hesitating


You're just digits!”, I snap at them,

close my eyes, fold my hands on my belly

and enjoy the music


They're like bodyguards!

As long as I live,

they have to respond accordingly, match


This year they're a 7 and a 3,

though they're just digits, empty symbols,

who can stick it up their asses,

all day long, and then again!


Poetry by Ingvar Loco Nordin The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-05-01 at 21:02

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