Ode To Arithmetic

constellations in a black and purple sky
By some
you are despised
seen as daunting
but you are embedded
at the heart of existence
the spark
that sets in motion
Were it not for you
how would two specks
of star stuff
each smaller
than a mote of dust
together add
until those two cells
relentlessly doing math
for 280 days
become thirty-seven trillion cells?
How could we not
come to worship
at the altar
of math
for what it makes
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