Thinking Mathematically Backwards
by Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Thursday, December 29, 2005
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I’ve been doing some
Skewed mathematics in my mind.
Additions of singulars
Whose totals can be
Divided by three.
Three… I think we have forgotten
Our third. Our androgynous part.
Our Totality. Because
You have to have the sum
Of the alls to become an answer.
But, we already know what that means.
We screwed up, way back,
Developed bio-amnesiatic properties,
Of guilt of Everything. Then, Here … Now.
And, oh, God, it’s so strong, the guilt,
It's been 'conditioned' in…
Some would say to drop the ‘negatives’,
The thoughts we have that demote ‘positives’,
But, as always, opposites must take place
To become aware of their meanings
In our quantumized space.
So, I added numbers, from a review of mine,
They had caught my eye, I was looking for a pattern
To soothe my soul. The first, five plus ten,
Equaled fifteen. One plus five equals six.
I went on, six plus three equals nine.
Nine, divided by three, is three. Three is lower
Than a six, … isn’t it? But higher, in essence?
I do not see ‘behind’ threes, anymore,
One’s are lonely, Two’s are torn, so,
Maybe, that is when It all starts,
Not at zero, but at three…
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 12/29/05
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|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Happy New Year my friend!!
|Reviewed by Marvin Kirsh
|Dear Erin: I always like to rest my thinking with numbers and counting also-It's where the conflicts begin anyways(words and numbers) numbers can't lie -only words can and the net total is always in their favor, and like dice that always have to set to gravity always give a positive balance no matter the faces on which they lay -nor do random idlings addtions matter-it is "your" numbers that are added - if one does exist at all. Zeros cant be addded to anything at all, and can be said not to exist but as mathematical tools on paper only.
Marvin-PS-Starting a second quarter at cal state with a c+ one paper nearly done and two incompletes-new acquaintances and topics.
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
|Just gotta watch the bouncin' ball, Erin.
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|There was once a musical group that wrote a song stating that "one is a lonely number", and I think it was 3 Dog Night...interesting concept...ed|
|Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore
|yeah...i like that. 3 is a good number.|
|Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
|I love this one...I failed maths but I do think (because your poem made me think on it)that one added to two probably equal zero in many cases.I have seen one's chances of winning multiply when one subtracted itself from another one but then again I have seen one become zero too when one divided two into half....your last line,yes,probably three is the best place to start...maybe Erin,not sure,I am still summing it all up myself,it's all so complicated isn't it?Life is a big mathematical problem and when the teacher finally marks my paper I expect to be moved to the corner and made to wear the dunces hat.
10 out of 10 for your thought provoking poem.
|Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
|Erin, math's a mystery to me, but I like the way you think... and write! Happy New Year! Dawn|