All about the number eight.
|Eighth day, eighth month, the number eight
in vogue today, roundish number
symmetrical in its beauty.
Mathematically, eight is
two times four, yet also two cubed.
In binary code (base two) eight
is one zero, zero, zero.
There are now only eight planets;
Pluto got demoted: dwarf class.
Neptune weighs in as planet eight.
What happens if you lay eight on
its side? You get the symbol for
infinity-∞-it’s a concept,
denoting something without bound.
Eight can stand for trouble as well,
as being behind the eight ball.
Eight represents a stopping point,
like when it comes to having kids.
Eight is Enough*, the title said.
An octagon is eight-sided,
and stop signs are configured so.
Eight and stop work the same highway.
Nature uses the humber eight
in that all spiders have eight legs;
a benefit traversing webs
and building them as engineers.
Poets are privileged eight abides;
it is conducive for rhythm.
Such a satisfying number;
eight elates, elicits a grin.
Eight’s body smooths a ragged edge.
The number eight is balanced too,
noting abundance and success.
Within the number line it gives
a strengthening on either side;
it keeps an eye on seven’s stance,
and lends stability to nine.
I’ll take eight any day this week;
in fact, like the Beatles once sang,
I will take eight, Eight Days a Week.
*Eight is Enough is an American television comedy-drama
series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977 until May 23, 1981.