Ode to 889.

“Are you going to write an article about number 889 too?” —rudy235. Yes.


889.

A number that will never be prime.

No matter its yearning for mathematics heaven,

889 will forever be divisible by one hundred twenty-seven.

Composite, not even capable of numbing its woes with wine,

forever living in the shadow of its parents—divine.

—Angelino Desmet; 24 January 2022.


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