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Which Math?

04.06.19 Posted in today's words by

Charlene James-Duguid’s most recent poem to appear here was “The Perfect Word” (March 2019).

Which Math?
By Charlene James-Duguid

“Helen,” I asked in all seriousness,
“Do mathematicians play or
With numbers?

Before she answered, she gave me that

With-a-healthy laugh.

Will she solve my dilemma,
Apply advanced calculations to
My adding and subtracting?

She is my prime number,
My quantity of infinity,
Always becoming
The poem with such ease,
Writing itself with silky smooth chalk
Traveling whitely, brightly across
A fifth grade blackboard.

No question too large.
No formula too long.
Helen at the ready,
With slide rule in hand,
Makes knowing all too much fun to be work.

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