8 May: A 9 Haibun

A Haibun: About the Number 9

I am a nine. That’s my number. You see if you take my birthdate in single digits and add them together in this order (m+m+d+d+y+y+y+y) it equals 27, and if you add 2+7 it equals 9. Any number times 9 always comes back to 9, like 9×6=54 and 5+4=9. The number 9 takes over any number that touches it. And if you add 9 with any single number, 9 will always be unchanged by the other number added to it, like 9+6=15 and 1+5=6 (nine is not changed by that number 6). Nine is the last cardinal number, it understands the connections between all of mankind, it’s a humanitarian, and sees no difference between its neighbour and the person living in a different culture on the other side of the world. Mum once said that she didn’t understand me — maybe that’s because 9 hides its heart, seems distant, hard to pinpoint. My dad said I had over-developed peripheral vision. That’s me: I am a nine.

I believe in stillness
even when nothing much
is produced from it.


AI Digital Artwork is my own, created using AI Midjourney. Imagery and poems ©Misky 2023.

34 responses to “8 May: A 9 Haibun”

  1. Oh, M… you couldn’t have unlocked a shorter doorway to my heart!

    Yesterday, I commented to someone’s blog, who featured my Breaking Boundaries at #9 of his list of Thankful, that those who know me well are aware of my intimate connection with 9…

    Your words, the image of the female spirit emerging from all the cogs, 9 standing as a pathway that encompasses all without being all…superb.
    Can I have this post in handcrafted paper to frame it !👏❣🌼

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    1. Your comment has filled my day with a smile. You are welcome to any image and text you might wish to use.

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      1. 😊
        Most generous of you, m’lady.
        It was only a figure of speech to demonstrate my admiration.
        (It is already framed and treasured where it matters the most)

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  2. Well put! I am a nine too and I share your enthusiasm!!!

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  3. I am only a 4 (08.03.1955 = 31) I hope that doesn’t make me square ⬜ 😕 (does anyone say that anymore)…

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    1. The number 4 is good. It’s solid, wholeness , dependable. A symbol which draws people to itself.

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  4. A strange and beautiful image appeared as I was exiting the comments, of a pre-Raphaelite woman reaching out from a clock? mechanism – it wasn’t the image at the top of the post – am I seeing things?

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    1. No she’s there. I made it a featured image.

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      1. I didn’t know that was a thing…

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  5. Ah – I have found it now at the top of the post – still don’t quite get it…

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    1. A mystery. I added steam-punk-9 to the final variation prompt, and 9 became a woman unlocking the door. It knocked me off my feet.

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      1. Me too – I see where all the machinery comes from now but I still see pre-Raphaelite for the woman. It is very tempting to think of commercial products with some of the Midjourney images, cards, mugs, posters, tiles, wallpaper…

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  6. It’s not there when you first click on the post – but I am accessing it on my phone…

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    1. Featured images don’t show up on the WordPress app. Are you using that, or your browser? They show up in the browser.

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      1. The app…

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        1. I’ve found that if you view a post In the app through notifications, the featured image doesn’t appear, but if you view it through the app’s Reader, it shoes up.

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    1. LOL! Good morning.

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      1. Morning, Misk. How are you today? It’s a Bank Holiday, isn’t it? Otherwise I am very late for work!

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        1. Thanks. I’m as good as one can hope to be. Yes, relax. Put your feet up. Enjoy your day. It’s a holiday!! Except that I’m retired so every day is a holiday. 😂

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        2. ps: how’s that job going?

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          1. The job seems to be okay. I have another month probation, and while I’ve breezed every probation period I’ve ever had, I’m still unwilling to make any real plans until then. The seem to like me… but you can never tell.

            For me, first of all I need to stat=y here for a year or so. To prove to the world just that I am able to take the stresses and strains of full time employment. But after that, well, I preferred doing the work I used to do rather than the work I’ve been hired to do now. So somehow I don’t think this is a forever job.

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            1. That seems fair enough to me. Life’s too short to not earn a living doing what you enjoy.

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  7. I don’t know what I am. I failed math.
    I know what you are: sensational! This thing you do is astonishing!
    Oh, the mighty #9; never underestimate it ❤︎

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    1. I failed calculus. It made my head hurt.

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      1. Well, how about that!? I’m a 9!

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  8. 2-11-1951 makes me a 2, I guess, unlike the perfect 10 of your verse and magnificent AI Art. You is IT, M. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, indeed. You’re a 2. Two is a lovely number – just ask your beloved Sandra.

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  9. Your post ties in to mine in a way. I am 3 — me, myself, and I. 🙂 Lovely image. I read where A.I. will soon kill the stock image market. I hope not. https://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/2023/05/do-you-know-who-you-are.html

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    1. 3=self-aware. Roland, I very much doubt that it will kill off the stock image market. AI is just another type of art.

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  10. Bloody hell I’m a nine!!!

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    1. I’m not at all surprised. 😂

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