I don’t recall
when I first began to count –
back when I learned my “one, two, threes” –
pronouncing them and pointing here and there
and getting praise – at least I hope I did.
The number words became a part of life —
arithmetic a piece of school.
After the beginning, naming the big numbers
became as easy as “abc”:
a million, a trillion – all enhanced by zeros.
I’m not sure if the next entity is a zillion. – I think so.
Such numbers are related to our national debt
and to the number of stars in the sky.
The debt will likely pass the stars some day.
Sometimes I resort to counting sheep
when sleep avoids me.
But I avoid
those quantities I just can’t grasp.
Russ Peery Aug 2018