# Starting at Zero, from Zero to xyz as all

If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.**- Jaime Lerner**

Zero to xyz

If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.**- Jaime Lerner**

Zero - Is where space ends called death or infinity?**- Pablo Neruda,*** The Book of Questions*

Zero is a code to all numbers.**- Khalid Masood**

I do know that throughout history, all paper money has eventually come back to its true value, which is zero.**- Robert Kiyosaki**

If you wait to see how much money you have left at the end of the month to put toward savings, the answer may be zero. So, set up an automated monthly transfer from your checking to savings account. Once you lock into that commitment, you'll be forced to scale back spending to make ends meet.**- Suze Orman**

You know the formula m over naught equals infinity, m being any positive number? [m/0 = ∞]. Well, why not reduce the equation to a simpler form by multiplying both sides by naught? In which case you have m equals infinity times naught [m = ∞ × 0]. That is to say, a positive number is the product of zero and infinity. Doesn't that demonstrate the creation of the Universe by an infinite power out of nothing? Doesn't it?**- Aldous (Leonard) Huxley** *in Point Counter Point (1928), 162.*

Your life dreams are shattered

You're gone away

We've cried here for hours

And the hours turn to days

We know you regret this

Leaving us here

With portraits and memories

That we've held so dear

When I hear your name, it's not the same

No matter what they say, I'm not okay

And we started at zero and went different ways

Now we're all out here wasting away

And if we started at zero

Then how did things change?

It seems like just yesterday

We were the same

It's been three months since you left us

So far nothing's been the same

And my question without answer

Is: am I the one to blame?

And he was such a good description

Of a favored future man

He spoke well of other people

And they said the same for him

When I hear your name, it's not the same

No matter what they say, I'm not okay

And we started at zero and went different ways

Now we're all out here wasting away

And if we started at zero

Then how did things change?

Feels like just yesterday

We were the same, we were the same

They say they're sorry

Well, what are they sorry for?

How can they possible know

What I'm going through?

I feel like no one's ever had to deal with the pain

That I'm dealing with right now

Just six months ago

Everything was fine or so it seemed

What turn of event

Caused him to go downhill?

His parents are devastated

His girlfriend's depressed

What was he thinking?

And we started at zero

And went different ways

Now we're all out here

Wasting away, wasting away

Wasting away, wasting away

And we started at zero

And went different ways

Now we're all out here wasting away

And if we started at zero

Then how did things change?

Seems like just yesterday

We were the same

We were the same

We were the same

**Author: Amy Uyematsu***Amy Uyematsu is poet and the author of Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).*

A mere eyelid's distance between you and me.

It took us a long time to discover the number zero.

John's brother is afraid to go outside.

He claims he knows

the meaning of zero.

I want to kiss you.

A mathematician once told me you can add infinity

to infinity.

There is a zero vector, which starts and ends

at the same place, its force

and movement impossible

to record with

rays or maps or words.

It intersects yet runs parallel

with all others.

A young man I know

wants me to prove

the zero vector exists.

I tell him I can't,

but nothing in my world

makes sense without it.

*(Poets.org reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press [https://www.coppercanyonpress.org])*

2016-09-21