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Short Division

by Matthew Zangen

Half and half of half
make one half whole
and one half to half of whole
make two whole halves and
three quarters, six halves
and I haven't had half of
what I need to have
to whole myself.

"drop your remainders"
She added.
"half way doesn't count"
I was divided.


Author's Note: Original nonsense that eventually became Cell Division.
I think I ended up liking this one more. Not that either stands up very well as imagery goes; I just like tangling words.

Posted on 01/23/2006
Copyright © 2022 Matthew Zangen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Vere Mantratriad on 01/26/06 at 04:21 AM

I love this tangle of words. It's dizzying, yet makes so very much sense. I popped over to read Cell Division... and I must say that I think this "original nonsense" speaks louder.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 08/24/10 at 05:49 AM

OMGosh, this is genius!!! And I LOVE it!!! Congrats on POTD!!!

Posted by George Hoerner on 08/24/10 at 12:55 PM

This is a great POTD and wonderful write!!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 08/24/10 at 02:33 PM

congratulations for poem of the day Matt. Fun write....CharMin

Posted by Frankie Sanchez on 08/24/10 at 06:33 PM

delete the author's note, this is brilliant. it's been a while since math intrigued me. this is just so well done. sometimes non-sense is more sensible than we recognize.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/25/10 at 01:24 AM

Congrats on POTD! This one left me spinning - a good feeling. Thank you.

Posted by Kimberly Bowen on 08/25/10 at 02:11 AM

love this! congrats on POTD! :D

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/31/10 at 10:44 AM

...m'boy, m'boy...i'm not thru mentally wrestling this snapshot o' me life...this one, even now, 5yrs later is great/nice/pleasurable-to-read. crafty, for real as in line breakage and word choice-usuage...and like i say, keep on keeping on! ...you still got it!

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