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Algebraically Challenged

by Joe Cramer

I am algebraically challenged!
Oh, I understand the principle behind the madness,
Yet when it comes to the depth and breadth of finer mathematics
My right-sided brain is forever lost, filled with sadness.

The basic stuff, the beginnings,
Like 2 + 2 = 4
Comes quite easily to me, but go beyond any long division
And I'm history, right out of the classroom door.

I think I do understand why
Most folk won't discuss the splitting of infinitives, or a gerund,
Or even the conjugation of select verbs.
I mean, where is all the proverbial fun?

When faced with some complexity, graphed on paper
Like looking at some equilateral equation,
I am overwhelmed by a sense of dread,
And never, not ever, any elation.

Those specific geometric configurations
Like a triangle, rhombus or quadrilateral
Make me want to run to the closest school bus,
Or play hooky, be a truant, or just skedaddle.

Face it, I'm simply algebraically challenged!

Oh, and yes...
Algebraically is in fact
In my dictionary.
Equate that!


Posted on 11/02/2006
Copyright © 2022 Joe Cramer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 04/25/07 at 05:43 PM

So this is very funny to me because when I started college at 31 years old my worst fear was algebra. I am an english major. I nailed algebra by simply not asking why...why imaginary numbers. How can a equal c plus pi...this is a great representation of the fret. Nice write.

Posted by Kalikala Smith on 08/16/09 at 11:36 PM

Miserable algebra. Us language types have use for such equations.

Posted by Mo Couts on 07/03/11 at 02:33 AM

Hehe, great poem, but brings back all the memories of why I'm not a math fan right back to the surface...haha!

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