Words and Numbers

words are absurd
they fly away like birds
of a feather
changing like the weather

if word becomes deed
you may superceed
the self ordained creed
that strives to control
for the denial of the soul

a heart will only bleed
when you’re not what you need

what are these numbers
what do they mean

can they overcome
what encumbers
wake from denial
and its slumber

are they comfort
for the sorrow
will they be
there tomorrow

can they heal
with their giving
make life worth
the living

give meaning
to your days
do they better
your ways

or do they restrict
in a keep
put objectivity
to sleep

make a journey
for the soul
a life under
their control

if your state
is the latter
then the numbers
only matter

if your state
is the former
then love
is the transformer

 

 

Written by Scott Schoffstall
© August 22, 2012
all rights reserved
Poetic Sojourn

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About Scott Schoffstall

I'm a relatively new poet having started in earnest 11/2010. I have sought the authentic and am still on that quest. I've diverged from the norm yet always reached for the universal. My interests were always beyond the here and now. Beyond the taste, touch, smell, hear, see. Where the mind and the spirit transcend the physical. They say perception is reality. Is it? Are we truly all there is?

3 comments

  1. Our lives transcend many things; whatever evolves in our lives creates the person we become and our beliefs. We are all unique and so our search for what we value and hold in reverence maybe very different in each one of us.

    We use three unique kinds of language: mechanical, poetic, and sensory. Our language is designed to support whole body movement, using words to stimulate both the calming and excitation of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

    I believe we have been given a mind, heart and soul for a very good reason, we should use each one of them and not abuse them. There is a spirit within our soul a very special gift, some know what this is, others will never believe as they have not experienced it. The book of life from birth to death remains a mystery to us all, just as the universe and the spiritual world and what is yet to be.

    A publishing phenomenon in Japan and a heart warming story that will change the way we all see math, baseball, memory, and each other She is a housekeeper by trade, a single mom by choice, shy, brilliant, and starting a new tour of duty in the home of an aging professor. He is the professor, a mathematical genius, capable of limitless kindness and intuitive affection, but the victim of a mysterious accident that has rendered him unable to remember anything for longer than eighty minutes. Root, the housekeepers ten-year-old son, combines his mothers sympathy with a sensitive curiosity all his own. Over the course of a few months in 1992, these three develop a profoundly affecting friendship, based on a shared love of mathematics and baseball, that will change each of their lives permanently. Chosen as the most popular book in Japan by readers and booksellers alike, The Gift of Numbers is Yoko Ogawas first novel to be published in English, and in the U.S.

  2. Thanks Lee for that touching story. In our walk we should not focus on the accumulation of many when the few, ultimately developed and cherished, will take you far beyond in all matters important than the many ever could and this is done not by words but by deed

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