Joan Mazza: Rule of Three

You can survive three minutes in freezing water,
three minutes without air, three hours in a harsh
environment, three days without water, three
weeks without food. You have three seconds

to make a decision in an emergency. You can tolerate
three days without spirit and hope, three months
without companionship and love. Threesomes.
Three events make a pattern. Odd numbers

in designs please more than even. Three little
pigs. Three coins in the fountain. Triangles
are more stable than rectangles. Three stooges,
three musketeers, three blind mice, three Marys.

Three strikes and you’re out. Three-card monte,
past-present-future, holy trinity, three-date rule.
Three divorces tell you to quit marrying. Expect
three pandemic waves across three years.


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