Safety in Numbers

Numbers are safe

Safety in Numbers

Numbers are safe.
They don't judge me or ridicule.
They patiently wait, not changing or stirring.

Never saying "You're not enough."

They don't betray me,
nor require acceptance of falsehood
in payment for love.

They don't hurt,
or abuse.

Just calm, reassuring numbers.

But, you see,

the thing about numbers,
the thing about numbers,
the thing about numbers is

They aren't alive

They can't give me a hug,
or offer a shoulder for tears.

They don't yield to weakness,
or cry out for help.

They don't reach out if I stumble,
or listen and weep
as I voice my heartache.

You see,

the thing about numbers,
the thing about numbers,
the thing about numbers is

Their safety comes steep