Given the band
upon which it was fastened,
it appears to have been made
as an item of apparel.

the numerals suggest
something much more practical,
perhaps a measuring device.

Small, though,
so it couldn’t have gauged
anything of substance.

Two bars
form an acute angle
whose vertex is at the centre of the characters.
Does the fact 
that they point
to the symbols 4 and 6
mean anything?

It dates from the dark era
when humans used
all sorts of random digits to comprise a whole —
3 feet,
12 eggs,
1 760 yards.

What was it they cherished
that they grouped into 24?





Day Twenty-Six:  Write a poem exploring a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist.