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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sonnet CCCX

Equations always bother me: they’re hard and difficult.
And yet, just practise, learn, and understand the art of math
and suddenly, they seem as simple as a homespun path.

My algebra is long, complex, annoying, odd, and dull.
And yet, with patience, perseverance, and a clearer plan,
it’s solved as one would solve a jigsaw puzzle – just like that.

As hard as math may be at times, it’s always solvable.

The art of human interaction’s not as black-and-white.
The human nature’s fickle; answers aren’t so clear to me –
and unlike math, the question’s not laid out for one to see.

You think your good relationship shall last a life – or more,
and then it crumbles, reasons unbeknownst. And enemies
perhaps - are not as menacing and evil as they seem.


  1. I like this -- it really goes somewhere, from beginning to end -- it twists and turns in a way that sonnets usually don't.

  2. ...and for many others too. That's why I've used the difficulty of math to show that the art of human communication's an even harder code to crack!

  3. So true--It reminds me of a friendship I had that very suddenly ended--there was no way to solve that equation, and it was so frustrating. Years later, we forged a friendship again. While I sort of wish relationships could be "solved" like equations, I think they'd be far less interesting that way!

    Hope you're doing well, Mike! :)

  4. Yeah, I came up with this teaching one night and thinking about how dealing with people isn't as clear as one would think. And I also had a very good friendship with someone, but it turned out they thought the complete opposite. I haven't talked to the person since. It's been - almost four months? I don't think I can talk to them, so - off to my algebra!

    I'm doing very well, thanks for asking Beth!

  5. Mike,
    I miss you...
    and you can always talk to the people who love you.
    So i've decided that im speaking to you the next time I see you, if you dont mind of course. I'm not at school today, but i cant wait to see you now :)

    also, congratulations on surpassing 300 sonnets!!! and good luck in the new styles.


A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

- Emily Dickinson

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