(x = space)

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Counting on God

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We are in Lent

That like “lente” should mean

Go slowly

(Holy Week might be

“adagio,” I think)

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Lent is a Christian thing

And goes along with

Our preoccupation

For things forty:

Forty years our parents

In the wilderness,

Forty days’ temptation

Between Jesus and the devil,

Angels standing (flying)

By,

Forty days for seasons

There are more

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Four gospel writers

Three angels meet with Sarah

(meet with Abraham)

She laughs with them

Isaac, Rebekah

With two sons

The sons are parted

As father was separated

From brother,

Two traditions started

Eve and Adam

Had two sons as well

One of whom

Need be remembered

On account of murdering,

First murder

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I’m making up the factor

And where is ten?

Ten tribes to the north,

Two to south

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Numbers must be important

There’s a whole book for them

In our traditions

But I stop

Just this side of numerology

Yet remembering, just now

That Arabs gave us numerals;

Before then,

Letters had numeric value

Cf. X, V, I, L, C, and M in Roman

Usage

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Letters as numbers

I think that hurts my brain

What is the number in the name of God,

In the quotient

Or should one multiply?

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We say three in,

But sometimes I must wonder

How many God might be

How many parts and particles

Go into one

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C L Couch

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