Sunday, October 24, 2010

numbers go nutty while I watch

all those numbers run around
I catch them
put them in different slots
but they escape again
curious to know each other

I like the picture
logical numbers
going nuts over each other
squares and cubes
climb exponentially

trigonometry breaks
into geometry
they giggle like a kid
and suddenly embrace,
break away guiltily

precalculus is the silent one
it has too much in its pocket
number system spouts euclid's lemma
roots of quadratic are always paired
but you know, it is all statistics

each portion of math says this
If I should die, think only this of me-
how to resurrect those numbers again

27 comments:

gs batty said...

OK, that took me back to college and all my Chemistry and Math classes but it didn't resurect any numbers in my mind...I am way to old for that kind of resurection and I am damn sure I won't be eligible for an afterdeath resurection...if there is one.

Annie said...

Well, heck. If I had been taught math like it was poetry, I'm sure I would have been much more successful with it.

Nalini Hebbar said...

I am bad at numbers and would hate it if they came back into my life...but I enjoyed this sweet poem that shows your love for numbers!

Greyscale Territory said...

You have given numbers some character beyond the regime of pre-determined function! A fascinating perspective!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

If I have nightmares about maths, I'll blame you. Curious.

jaerose said...

What an original way into the prompt..excellent..Jae

John E. Tran said...

Numbers have always been curious to me! I like how you've managed to give trigonometry a personality!

Elizabeth said...

Numbers are not my thing, however I can certainly sense your love of them here. I envy you that, I always come up blank with them. Great way to respond to the prompt.

Elizabeth

OMJ said...

I think they should be locked away - those nutty numbers. :) Numbers run from me, too!

gautami tripathy said...

For me, math is sacred. Period.

Mary said...

Numbers are an enigma. I'm thankful for calculators. LOL.

Diane T said...

You are like me, Gautamy. Math and literature are the same!

Diane T said...

Oops, I did it one more time, Gautami!

quid said...

I really, really loved this. One of your best...gives insight into your passion for your profession.

quid

liv2write2day said...

This is so fun. I am not, I repeat, am not a numbers person. Thank God for poetry.

keithsramblings said...

Mathematics. One of life's great mysteries as far as I'm concerned!It just doesn't add up!

flaubert said...

Gautami,
Thank goodness for calculators!
Nice one.
Pamela

Khambagirl said...

Very clever Gautami!

Friko said...

This is not only funny but informative as well.
Well done!

KB said...

Told as only a teacher could.

Jingle said...

you have a beautiful eye,
lovely take.

Reflections said...

Ah yes, the fun of the numbers game, hide and seek with them can be fun as well.... :)

Dee Martin said...

beautiful way to look at numbers - I am not very good with them but there is definitely something poetic about the way they are always what they are. Lovely poem :)

Leo said...

I'm good at Math.. and through poetry, it does seems a whole lot more interesting! :)

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senderupwords said...

I love the whole piece though I do absolutely love the third last stanza. Something in the air today that for some reason the third of everything is getting me good. Love and Light, Sender

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

You must love math I would not have enough knowledge to write this, very very creative indeed!

Whitesnake said...

Always the teacher.......and that's a good thing!