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Mental Math

Mental Math

Posted March 5th, 2013 by Danish621

by Dana
in vincible.

March 5th, 2013


Mental Math

I sit here

in math class

and I wonder what the meaning of life is.

I wonder if somewhere down the x-axis we figure out what the point is.


What I like about math—

an unlikely sentence starter.

What I like about math is its conciseness.

One question. One answer. It is simple.

So when they tell me to apply math to real life,

I try to make simplicity out of the complex.

It is impossible.


If there were a formula that calculated

exactly what would make your parents proud

or how to get the kids at school to like you

or how to smile when it feels like there is a knife in your stomach every waking second—

if there were formulas for that, I would have plugged in the x’s and y’s years ago.


I am trying to make sense of the numbers given to me

wondering if there are answers to my questions,

solutions to my problems

wondering if somewhere my parabolas intersect the axes

or if x equals anything

wondering if we are here arbitrarily,

creating things like math to occupy our meaningless existences


But then I am exposed to things like friendship and love and joy—

things you can’t plug into the quadratic formula,

things you can’t represent with a function—

and the messiness of life is bearable.

I may not intersect the x-axis but I have intersected with others.

Perhaps, as with vertical lines,

there infinitely many solutions for infinitely many people.


So I sit here

in math class

and I wonder if it matters what the meaning of life is

if I have plotted all my points and the vertex is my happiness

then the answer is right to me.

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I have no words for the

I have no words for the awesomeness I have just read :D

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Posted by Epicness (Laura) on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:24
EPIC! Very nice.

EPIC! Very nice. :)

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Posted by Nemo on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:30
This is absolutely amazing!!

This is absolutely amazing!! It's so full of emotion and math-y description. I love it! Faved! XD

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