TO THE NINES
At first perusal, nine's just next to number ten
but on the second, its imbued with mathematical properties
no other number can display; added digits of each
of its multiples equals nine, at least that's true
for one through ten, given the decimal system and
a rational number line, but what John Lennon meant
when he repeated "number nine" no one has said.
He might have explained, had he the cat's nine
instead of the one loneliest number he ever did.