Twelve plus One


Thirteen is a number
Considered unlucky by some—
A sign of the witches' coven,
One dozen plus one.

A mind more refined
Might think of the twelve
Who sat at the feet of their master.

Hunger would lend an earthier trend
To such meditations—
The baker's dozen, our Western cousin
To the Thousand and One things
Of Eastern completion.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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