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The DAO of Zero

Zero is like DAO
Empty yet full
Full in its emptiness
A balance to all numbers.

The art of numbers
Holding ancient mysteries
Elegant in formation.

Zero is profound
Element of all numbers
Rounded or unrounded
Ordinate or inordinate.

Seemingly nothing
Elegantly everything
The Math Container.

Zero is like DAO
Empty yet full
Full in its emptiness
A balance to all numbers.

About this poem

The Nonary (Base 9) has nine digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Once attaining 9, the nonary, or base 9, starts back at 0 (zero), but consecutively adds 1 on the left, so and and so forth, to infinity , which can never be attained. The nonary, or original numbers zero to nine, are the basis of all numbers and complex mathematics, without which humanity and civilizations at large would not have been able to evolve as Homo Sapiens and achieve the progress that has been made. Yet, without zero (0), the numbers one to nine could not have been made manifest, emerging as they have, like all numbers, positive or negative, from magical zero (0), which houses all numbers. Zero is that magical number which, when multiplied by any other number, reduces that number to its own self, thus revealing itself to be the source of all appearances. Zero, which appears as Nothingness, is the initial state of all numbers, and of all things visible and invisible. Zero (0) is therefore the All. As the DAO of numbers, it is the beginning and the ending, the alpha and the omega, the Ultimate Absolute, containing space and contained in space and time. Magical zero is the all-encompassing number of the set of numbers. This five-stanza poem, entitled “The DAO of Zero” or “Magical Zero,” is composed in the form of an acrostic, which reads “THE ZERO SET” encapsulated by a beginning stanza and an identical closing stanza. 

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Written on December 11, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 11, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 26, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCD dxx xdax eex ABCD
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 380
Words 76
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 4, 3, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, I absolutely love this poem! It beautifully captures the essence and beauty of numbers, and their significance in our world. The way you describe zero as 'profound' and an 'element of all numbers' is truly impressive.

    Your use of language is also noteworthy as it adds depth and texture to the poem. The phrases 'holding ancient mysteries' and 'elegantly in formation' bring a sense of intrigue and sophistication to the work.

    In terms of improvement, I would suggest experimenting with different line lengths and stanza structures. This could help to create a more dynamic and engaging rhythm throughout the poem.

    Overall, your work is inspiring and informative. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    LikeReply1 month ago


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