Sudoku: Why do we Care?


The paper drops with a thud on the step

at six, impressing upon us a compulsion

each morning, rainy or fair.


What about this empty grid of boxes,

in the section titled Life,

commands the mind to grab a pen, to stare?


Why are we concerned to know

exactly which of nine digits

uniquely falls within each square?


Why do we strain our minds

to eliminate, to isolate, or

narrow it to just one pair?


What might happen to our world,

indeed to life,

If we just left it there?

Empty.

 © Philip Knight 2018