NOUGHT is not thought of as 'zero' for naught
ONE is just done by describing not none
TWO is a few that's enough for a queue
THREE cannot be just a he and a she
FOUR is two more than just either or or
FIVE does derive from the digits alive
SIX from the quicks often comes from the nicks
SEVEN to share and to marvel and stare
EIGHT on a skate leaves a path thats not straight
NINE in a line are the lives to assign
TEN is just when we start using again
TEN is just when we start using again

[ JIG first figure ]

NOTHING is not something new logic needs a sign for true
nought plus '1' now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

UNITY we just assume
thingness what we must presume
one plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

TWINS line up and take their turn
born but once and don't return
two plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

TRIOS simply illustrate
benefits of triplicate
three plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

[ JIG second figure ]

SQUARE a two or bid a suit
four by three by two permute
four plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

FINGERS count to keep the score
second hand when needing more
five plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

CRICKET batsmen flick an edge
over slip and over hedge
six plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

WONDERS of the world displayed
more to see when you have paid
seven plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

[ JIG third figure ]

FIGURE out the curve is closed
bytes to bits are decomposed
eight plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

FELINE have this hairy trait
often seem to dice with fate
nine plus one now we've begun
needs a name to count from none

DECIMAL recycles those
digits that from need arose
left to right the symbols writ
place a point and count each whit

DECIMAL recycles those
digits that from need arose
left to right the symbols writ
place a point and count each whit