The Substance of Numbers

State sponsored brief case,
shoulder strap or handles…
The burden is yours, who cares
how you carry the weight?
Faceless manifests
with no hint of heart,
it’s what’s inside
that counts.

The day is a long walk,
feet and back are aching.
The weight of the numbers
mounts a new assault.
A thrown stone
that falls short of its mark
still has the capacity to harm.

The brief case
shows signs of aging;
its handles are frayed,
its insignia fading.
Still, in the words
of the laptop,
it’s what’s inside
that counts.

2 thoughts on “The Substance of Numbers

  1. BoardFlak

    It is what’s inside that counts as you aptly demonstrate here. What applies to a piece of equipment applies equally well to a person.

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