A Certain Type of Decisive

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Message to Readers

I am equal to negative b, plus or minus the square root of b squared, minus four ac, all over two a. The quadratic equation is my only friend in these dark days of single centimeter graph paper and radians.

Math and Poetry

December 1, 2019


I tried to handcuff the moon to the sky because I liked it more than the sun
But the stars disappeared and she got lonely.
Isn't everyone lonely?
Did you make the mistake of imagining me differently than I am?
Thank god we weren't parallel. 
It was a miracle we ever met,
 but we tried too hard to be perfect
To be perpendiculars,
That every angle we saw each other we looked just the same
and every time it was just 
But life isn't linear
and we were never going to be perpendicular.
I tried to tape down the ocean to keep the tide from retreating
But it washed away the sand and there was no beach left to stand on
There's nothing solid to stand on.
I'm good at math, but not so much as thinking past my own happiness-
Wouldn't everyone be a little happier if the ocean stayed still just a moment longer?
For the longest time I thought you were my asymptote
That I'd get closer
and closer
and closer-
And from far away you'd think we were the same,
but up close you know we would never
I stuck bubblegum in my alarm clock gears to keep summer longer
But the fruits never ripened and no harvest ever came
The fruits of my labor weren't so edible as I hoped
And I was hungry
Isn't everyone hungry?
Or did you think everything stayed exactly where you left it?
You were exponential and I, a polynomial
You changed and changed the way you changed
And I was up and down
And up and down
And up and down again.
I kept trying to factor us
The solution- irrational and imaginary
And every time I try to solve our little system of equations
I have to stop and marvel at the chances and I know 
It's a miracle we ever even met


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  • Deleted User

    Haha! This is great! Math is my favorite subject and you found a way to incorporate it into a poem. Brilliant!

    6 months ago
  • ava09

    This is a beautiful and relatable and I love it! As someone who likes math and poetry it's very cool to see the two combined.

    10 months ago
  • Loser

    I love how you are able to cause math concepts to be poetical! It's quite clever, and I've never seen anything like it.

    10 months ago
  • Kepler

    The confusion of this piece is beautiful. I relate a lot, to be honest. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I like the way you used sentences that didn't necessarily fit in with the rest, so the reader could be left to their own speculations.

    12 months ago