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Zero is Greater Than Nothing
by Jeff Brown

Friday, January 25, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Are you a hero like zero?

Zero is an arithmetic hero,

Superman, Captain Fantastic,

Mr. Numerical rolled into one.

Zorro only a phoneme away and

look how the people loved him!


Billion, trillion, zillion are muscular

abstractions, movie stars in LA.

Nothing brings you back to earth,

to humble mirth like zero.  But zero

is much greater than nothing.  Before it


1 through 9 existed for hundreds of years.

Did they get as far? Are they so complete?

9 and 6 drew close to its symmetry,

but grew tired, turned in at the belly

and gave themselves tails, that like a

tadpole or monkey.  Is that so evolved?

And 8's not so great, it tried twice to relate to

zero's symmetrical singularity and failed.


Numbers were useless without zero, only

employed to keep track of chickens and debts.

And what rhymes for 1 through 9 like hero?

He who keeps 603 from being 540 less.

My paycheck re-soundly thanks you, zero.

 Zero, everything but stupid, planned

its appearance with cunning and calm.

Avoided Europe for hundreds of years.

The marketing strategy paying off big.

Overnight arithmetic went from counting beans

to the Queen of Math.  Zero staked its claim,


became gatekeeper to positive and negative,

took on biblical proportions as the

origin of coordinate systems,

genesis to gardens of graphs,

completed algebra, enabled calculus to breathe.

 Without it engineering, technological feats

forever-trapped inside dreams.

No Empire State, computer, relativity,

quantum leap.  No Apollo, SS Enterprise,

pocket protector geeks.


So, next time someone calls you a zero.

Take a moment to think of all that it means.
Jeff is an expert-- and hall of fame author at Search Warp
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Reviewed by Stephen McKelvie 2/26/2008
Great work i suppose you get a 0 out of 10 then ????

Keep it up, I a counting on you for inspiration.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/23/2008

This is a great philosophical analysis of the round number. It also leaves a flash of cognition that supports the building of will power. This "Zero is Greater Than Nothing" has delivered a great message.

I thank the author for sharing this magnificent composition.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 1/26/2008
You are very talented....This goes into my library....I want my bros and sis to read this exceptional n luck...BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/25/2008
Very clever!! :) Sound suspiciously like a genius. Math whiz, I'm not, but my father was. Built a business without once using a calculator. Ah, well. Couldn'a written a poem if his life depended on it. You, on the other hand, are makin' me look bad. Cut it out!
Just kidding. Nice work!! 'N. Awe.' :)
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 1/25/2008
That was so good-(zero) the seed of the beginning- Pharaoh- Hero-enjoyed

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