Beastly Numbers


The number to phone in a fix?
999, here in Britain. Don’t mix
Up your up and your down,
Or the upright will frown:
You’ll be calling the Beast, 666.


I’ve a mark on my hand and my head,
And I now understand what John said:
Choosing mottos, the trick’s
To avoid “666”—
It’s a woeful tattoo when you’re dead.


It’s ’06, and the sixth day of June,
So surely the time’s opportune
For the Beast to arise
And rain fire from the skies—
Either his or our number’s up soon.

6 June 2006 · Whatever

Which calendar would the beast use?
The Romans', the Greeks' or the Jews'?
No ancient historian
Would use the Gregorian
Unless he were lacking for clues.

I've been meaning to write some beastly poetry today, to celebrate 6/6/06, but I haven't found the time.

Added by Virge on 6 June 2006.

What calendar, beastly-wise? Well,
It’s a little too early to tell...
But I’d hazard a guess
It’s what’s current—unless
The date’s always 6/6/6 in Hell.

Added by Rory on 6 June 2006.

My inaugural address at the Great White Throne Judgment of the Dead, after I have raptured out billions! Read My Inaugural Address

Added by Secret Rapture on 10 July 2006.

Thanks, Secret Rapture, but I’ll pass. And if you don’t mind, I’ll let readers find their own way to it... link removed. (Nice URL, though. "/crazy/spaceman"?)

Added by Rory on 10 July 2006.

Learn more about E-Learning, Politics and Society with Edinburgh University’s online MSc in E-Learning.

←Melbourne MarksThe Subtle Knife→