One two three

when there was one
there was peace
a harmony in time
all things were one
one with the universe
one of a kind
only one that matters
one night one day
then there were two
flint and steel two
yin and yang two
plus and minus two
yours and mine two
he and she two
two make three
with three no one
there was no two
night became day
day became night
three mattered
more than one or two
no equality in three
somewhere in the process
of mathematical addition
the numbers confused
night and day became universe
yours-mine he-she us
harmony was commitment
peace was a toy
three a quantum theorem
three a family

© 2010, Donald Harbour

8 thoughts on “One two three

  1. Donald, this is absolutely beautiful. From your pre-amble I expected a dry mathematical poem, so was somewhat overwhelmed by your words when I read them.


  2. I had opened your poem in a new tab along with Paint by Numbers, which I read first, and so met you there, and planned based on your response to find you, not realising I had opened your poem until I saw the name. I love the poem and the quiet way it builds to a solid harrmonized end. I liked equally your About which sounds like a poem itself. I look forward to reading more.


  3. I like this…how you progress from one, to two, to three. It’s almost like a piece of music that begins with a solo line and then adds harmonies as it goes along. And I also like the observation and honesty in this piece too.



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