What do the numbers do when calculators are switched off ?
And when they are switched back on again ,
will the sums add up the same as before ?
Have numbers taken to redefining themselves ,
their values ,their own worth in the hidden realm
where we can’t see them ?
Are addition ,subtraction ,division ,multiplication
set in their ways ?
Inviolable .invariable ,inexorable or are they
a matter of conjecture ,interpretation ,uncertainty ?
Only the numbers themselves can truly know
what the consequences are of those policies
and principles decided upon in secret conclave ;
far from our gaze ,beyond our mortal comprehension
the sum of two plus two hesitates to give an answer .