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Wolves have Lesser Suicide Rates

by Johanna May

They tried to find the equation to chaos,
the logic behind uncertainty, the finite
beneath the infinite.
The breakthrough was:
nothing is completely measurable.
Even 1 + 1 = 2
is an uncertain premise
that needs half a book to prove.
They died. All of them, men of numbers
irrefutable argumenters of the incalculate.
Suicide death by blindness to the obvious.
Slain by the natural occuring.

If only those mathematicians
at their nightly cerebral labours
gave in to what their four-legged ancestors
torn by same such wounds—
found the comfort of closure
just by howling at the moon.


Author's Note: inspired by the documentary about Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing.

Posted on 01/10/2013
Copyright © 2023 Johanna May

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 01/12/13 at 08:12 PM

Absolutely excellent lady, as are a vew others of yours I have read!!

Posted by Meredith C Hartwell on 05/18/14 at 07:17 AM

This is lovely. A new favorite! Congratulations on PotD.

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