Eileen R. Tabios


THE HAY(NA)KU OF NUMBERS

One
need not
rely on anyone

unless
One wants
to relax melancholy

though
such dilution
is mere rest

never
the multiplication
of One beyond

One


*****


Two
is not
one or three

but 
two can
be a sum


***


Three
is you
cheating on me

or
making love
with much generosity


***


Four
is tricky:
It can split

into
two camps:
"X" versus "Z"


***


Five
may not
be your favorite

as
five enables
one left out


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Six
is simple:
it simply is.


***


Seven
will never
betray. Trust me.


***


Eight
is hourglass
frittering sand away

but
done so
elegantly as to

generate
no complaints
again and again

and
again and
again and again


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Nine
is odd
without one more


*****


Ten
is one
opened up to

potential.