The Number of Man


So there it was.

Carbon 12 (6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons)

was the sign of the beast.

We had been looking for a conspiracy,

a gov’t plot

to implant microchips in us,

or tattoo bar codes on our hands.

Yet, there it was,

implanted in every cell,

and stamped in every

double-helix tattoo.

Evil was in our genes

a monster

in the labyrinth

of each fingertip,


4 Comments Add yours

    1. mrteague says:

      Thanks, Cheryl. I like the irony. And it’s an eschatological twist. We’re always looking for the beast somewhere out there. But the beast is anywhere the cross doesn’t rule in us. I appreciate you reading 🙂

  1. blogocubecam says:

    Technically it is 6+60+600.

    Regardless, it is similar to Irenaues’ approach:
    6 = man’s number
    60 = man’s measure
    600 = man’s time of apostasy ready for judgment

    The 6+60 comes from the measure of Nebuchadnezzar’s handcrafted idol of himself. He is a man (6) making himself the full measure (60). Babylonian math was based on a system of 60s. Our math is based on 10s.

    The 600 comes from the age of Noah when the world was judged.

    That’s Irenaues’ interpretation in brief.

    As a side note, I have this observation: In a sense Noah was taken away and the others left just as Matthew 24: 37-41 says.

    1. mrteague says:

      Yeah, I view this poem as more theological tongue in cheek than anything. I like what you’re saying about Matthew 24:37-41. It could also be seen as Adam & Christ, perhaps (just talking off the top of my head). Thanks for taking time to share!

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