Friday, April 24, 2020

Apr24Poetry: Fun with Numbers

I'm trying something new, taking a risk this month - participating in
#VerseLove with Sarah Donovan,
hoping to write poetry every day this April.

Today's poetry inspiration is to work mathematics into your writing. We were challenged to write down important numbers and see what jumped out, what spoke to us. I had a little fun with this:

Our Math Story: Fun with Numbers

12 of 13 + 2
3 of 5 + 2
and decide to
Which means,
in 1988,
(12 of 13 + 2) + (3 of 5 + 2) = 1

I think
2 as 1
1 that respects 2
is the hardest math of all.

In time,
this 1,
these 2,
added 3,
making 5.

After 25 years go by,
the numbers
begin to go down
1 of 3 splits off
and adds 1
and another
2 of 3 splits off,
3 of 3 splits off,
2 as 1

2 wonder if/when
2 of 3 and 3 of 3
will dare to add 1,
but realize
it is 0 of 2’s business.

So, long story short,
we 2 are 1,


  1. Angie, from Sarah Donovan's 30 Days of Poetry website:
    Sometimes numbers can be just as beautiful as words, if not more so, and you have proven this here. I really like that I understand everything haha. And I really like “but realize it is 0 of 2s business – I appreciate my parents never nagging me about “if/when” I will have kids, so thank you. A lovely numerical poem 🙂

  2. glenda funk
    I am in awe of you and this family history poem. I giggled at “but realize / it is 0 of 2’s business.” Love this clever way of telling parents of adult children to let their kids live their own lives. My heart filled w/ love reading “1 that respects 2 / is the hardest math of all.” That is so true. You must share this w/ your children. I’d love to revisit this poem in your blog Tuesday. ❤️+❤️=(❤️❤️)Thank You.

  3. Emily Yamasaki (today's poetry inspiration), from Sarah Donovan's website:
    Maureen, thank you for sharing your poem today! I love the math play in these lines so very much. It’s playfulness made me smile today!

  4. Stefani B, from Sarah Donovan's 30 Days of Poetry website:
    This is very clever and fun. I think it would be great read to a crowd at a slam poetry event! It also would be a fun way to turn math stories into detective work. Thank you for this.

  5. Alex Berkley, from Sarah Donovan's 30 Days of Poetry website:
    I love how this makes me try to figure out the math in my head…super poetic. And I love the “long story short” ending!