Nested Numbers


ll numerals are complex,
even (or odd) the given set
first counted: {fingers and toes},
the fabled bits wiped by zero,
that singly creates the wholes
from the naturals nested,
[all of these labels mounting]
integers periodic
when the number line unrolls
for fractional rationals or
implacable irrationals,
real in a complete ordered field.
Imagining despite Descartes
circles back round to the start.

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