an ode to zero

You beautiful Nothing
You steadfast and headstrong emptiness
You magnificent subtlty

You hide in the corner
always observing
contributing nothing but your presence
But your presence is everything

You are shy
You are dangerous
We must tread carefully around you
A misstep could lead us to chaos
But we must trust you

You are assertive when it comes to grand gestures
You take control
You are persuasive
But when we contemplate the details, you remain quiet
adding nothing

You do not fit into binaries:
neither positive nor negative
neither prime nor composite
You are your own

You hold space for those who have not yet arrived
You hold the memory of where others once were

You are nothing.
A powerful and immensely important
nothing.

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