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Love is Like Math

by Delilah Coyne

Love is like math,
so simple,
1+1=2
you know it without thinking.
It all adds up
and it is perfect.

Love is like math,
so complicated,
2(-5x+y/4)(2x)+17=12/5(3x+4)
maddening and impossible.
Solutions are difficult to figure out
and negatives make the work harder.

Love is like math.
Some struggle with it.
It never clicks for them.
Some find it effortless.
It just makes sense.



05/08/2007

Author's Note: A work in progress...

Posted on 05/09/2007
Copyright © 2020 Delilah Coyne

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jeffrey Parren on 05/09/07 at 02:49 AM

What about doing "1+1=1"?? It turns simple into complicated right there, especially if you are trying to say that love is complicated with this piece. Otherwise I think keep working on maybe the syllables or words and keep it mathematically structured to give it some more form? ~JPP

Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 05/09/07 at 07:59 PM

I like this a lot, Delilah. The only thing that I think needs work is the math equation in stanza 2. Keep it confusing, but shorten it a little. For some reason, it doesn't look like it can actually be solved. It should be solvable, just not easily. Like love. :)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/22/07 at 01:59 AM

An unusual analogy for love. Quite good!

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 09/29/08 at 08:27 PM

delilah, this is true. i'm an english major and love has never clicked for me. just like math.

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