ALGEBRA


by Robert R. Ward

Think of it as a language, how X meets Y
and they move through a symbolic dance, squaring,
inverting, powers of two or more, every gain
a movement along one axis or another.
All this could be imaginary, the function
of an ego big as a house, the I that undermines
all, squared and rooted in nothing.
And if the problem’s not I, it’s irrational,
or transcendental, circles unsquared, maps
with more colors than squares, or something.
And when it’s all added up, you’ve got just
what you started with, except when you think
about it, pi’s more than a twinkle in God’s eye.

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