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As a self-proclaimed number nerd, I couldn't wait to share this prompt with you! Birthdays, anniversaries, identification numbers (driver’s license, social security, etc.), speedometers (and speed limit signs!). Numbers are everywhere and we use them for many things. Love them or hate them, there is no denying the need for numbers in our world. Whether you’re a mathematician or a numerophobe, today’s prompt is all about the numbers.
Perhaps in your culture, a number holds a particular meaning for you. Britannica has some information about number meanings across different cultures. Some of them are:
1 - unity
2 - duality
3 - spiritual/mystical
4 - universal
5 - human life
6 - perfection
7 - lucky
8 - auspicious
9 - pain/sadness
0 - nothingness
You could choose to write about your life path number.
Below is a list of numbers that I know have specific connotations. Maybe one of them will lead you to today’s poem!
Speed of Light
Tau (6.28 = 2pi)
Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
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Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction/non-fiction writer, and visual artist. She is a volunteer at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, VA and a co-facilitator of the Poets on the Page blog and Facebook group. When she’s not writing or painting, she has been known to appear in local community theater musicals and occasionally shows up for karaoke nights. She is currently painting a series of portraits of her ancestors, both biological and adopted, and she is working on her outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. She is the mother of two teenage boys and lives with her husband in Virginia Beach.