I am always looking for ways to link poetry to broader pursuits. Mathematics is one such area. Today i get to share a poem that includes numbers. The beauty of poetry is that just like mathematics it involves patterns. Both poetry and mathematics employ symbols and both involve
Mathematics involves precise definitions and specific terminology- and so to poetry. There appears to exist plenty of commonality between the two. I think I need to explore this relationship further.
In the meantime, here is a poem prompted by school memories and mathematical moments...
Turning the Tables
All through primary school
Amanda struggled to remember the answer to six times nine.
It remained her times table blackspot.
No fast recall at all…
Amanda now almost forty years old
Still hesitates when making this demon calculation.
The numbers she needs always run and hide
Deep inside her head.
The fog of confusion sweeps across her mind when six times nine is needed.
She remembers Douglas Lenton though…
Doug, Dougie. Dougie Lenton
He was the abacus
An absolute whizz with his times tables.
Lightning fast Lenton
-A mathematical marvel.
Dougie, Dougie Lenton
Now short and bald and forty
Working as a pizza delivery guy…
To no one in particular.
How’s that Dougie?
Alan j Wright