Poetry Competition Ends 24th December 2019 12:57pm

# Magical Mathematics

## Poetry Contest Description

A Celebration of Mathematics in all of its manifestations

Having failed GCSE maths, twice, I thought I was "bad at maths". It didn't quite understand, then, why pi fascinated me, how I was obsessed with 0, why The Man Who Knew Infinity made me cry, reading, never forgetting pythagoras' theorem. The list is endless, I find maths magic. Show me all your working out.

I'll run it for a month.

I'll run it for a month.

### Show Me Your Statistics, Baby!

this

love of

spiraled numbers

wrapped around twos; numerical

a logarithmic maze of geometric patterns;

sequential

cycling arithmetic-tac-toe infinite timescales make numbers inconsequential, fractions, mythic; exponential.

cryptographic vectors in mesmerising spectrum, algebraic equations ciphering multiplication of divisional additions. subtracting estimations totalling in measurable quantities, behind empty spaced "zero", fictional.

this

love of

spiraled numbers

wrapped around twos; numerical

a logarithmic maze of geometric patterns;

sequential

cycling arithmetic-tac-toe infinite timescales make numbers inconsequential, fractions, mythic; exponential.

cryptographic vectors in mesmerising spectrum, algebraic equations ciphering multiplication of divisional additions. subtracting estimations totalling in measurable quantities, behind empty spaced "zero", fictional.

Written by Sky_dancer
(The Cosmic Dragon)

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Here's a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note but dont worry, be happy.

### C4LCUL471N6 P4R4LL3L5

**(from the 5th dimension psych ward)**

8u7 w417 4 m1nu73, 7h15 74k35 m3

1n 7h3 “W4y84ck M4ch1n3, w17h

Mr. P3480dy, 4nd 1’m 5h3rm4n,

1n my pr35ch00l cl455 d4y5, 4nd

4ll 7h3 w4y 70 wh3n 17 w45 71m3

70 f1n4lly 6r4du473, 70 35c4p3 !

My 8r41n w4n73d 70 expl0d3 !

‘C4u53 3v3n 7h0u6h 1 l0v3d

601n6 70 5ch00l, 35p3c14lly f0r

H1570ry, 3n6l15h, 5c13nc3, 7h3 4r75,

60d f0r607 70 61f7 m3 w17h 7h3

M47h3m471c4l p4r7 0f 7h3 8r41n.

7h47

1 c0uldn’7 f16ur3 0u7 7h3 m0r3

c0mpl1c473d 3qu4710n5 0nc3 1

607 83y0nd 7n3 8451c5: 70 4dd,

5u87r4c7, mul71ply 4nd d1v1d3.

Wh3n 17 c4m3 70 7h3 7h1nn3r 41r

0f 4l638r4, 630m37ry 4nd

7r160n0m37ry, wh47 d1d 1 n33d

4ll 7h47 5h17 f0r ? Wh47 4 w4573.

1 und3r5700d

1 h473d

4r17hm371c, c4lculu5, m47h,

8u7 w417 ju57 4 d0660n3 m1nu73.

83f0r3 1 kn3w 4ny7h1n6 480u7

831n6 dy5l3x1c, wh3n 734ch3r5

4nd k1d5 47 5ch00l w0uld 74un7

4nd 73453, 4nd 54y m34n 7h1n6

7h47 w3n7 0v3r 4 y0un6 h34d,

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“5h3’5 57up1d, 0r ju57 l42y”, 0r

“5h3’5 7h47 w4y 70 637 4773n710n”,

My 8r41n, un83kn0wn57 70 my53lf,

w45 4lr34dy l34rn1n6 70 83

cunn1n6, 4nd

“4m 1 k1dd1n6 y0u ?” 8r41n p0k3d,

“L00k 47 4ll 7h3 5u8j3c75 y0u l0v3,

4nb 571ll d0 !”, 17 h0ll3r3d 47 m3.

17 607 m3 7h1nk1n6 480u7 7h3 5p0r75

1n wh1ch 1 3xc3ll3d; 4rch3ry, 15 0n3.

5c13nc3; h0w 4n07h3r l0v3, 457r0n0my

w45 c0nn3c73d 70 17. Wh1l3 h1570ry

4nd l4n6u4635 f3d 1n70 my

08535510n5 70 kn0w 3v3r m0r3.

W17h 4ll 0f 7h3 c0p1n6 m3ch4n15m5

7h15 8r41n’5 6r3y m4773r d3v3l0p3d,

4nd 571l l d035 w17h 34ch p4551h6 d4y,

70637h3r, w3’v3 l34rn3d h0w 70 l1v3

4nd c0p3 4l0n651d3 0f M47hm471c5,

wh1ch 3x1575 1n 3v3ry7h1n6 1 l0v3;

4nd 7h47’5 50 f45c1n471n6 70 m3 !

*0M6, my dy5l3x14...*

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7h47 f457 !

Wh47 3v3r 5h4ll 83c0m3 0f m3 ?1’v3 607 4 5pl1771n6 h34d4ch3

7h47 f457 !

Wh47 3v3r 5h4ll 83c0m3 0f m3 ?

8u7 w417 4 m1nu73, 7h15 74k35 m3

1n 7h3 “W4y84ck M4ch1n3, w17h

Mr. P3480dy, 4nd 1’m 5h3rm4n,

1n my pr35ch00l cl455 d4y5, 4nd

4ll 7h3 w4y 70 wh3n 17 w45 71m3

70 f1n4lly 6r4du473, 70 35c4p3 !

My 8r41n w4n73d 70 expl0d3 !

‘C4u53 3v3n 7h0u6h 1 l0v3d

601n6 70 5ch00l, 35p3c14lly f0r

H1570ry, 3n6l15h, 5c13nc3, 7h3 4r75,

60d f0r607 70 61f7 m3 w17h 7h3

M47h3m471c4l p4r7 0f 7h3 8r41n.

7h47

*h4d*70 83 17, wh47 3l53 !1 c0uldn’7 f16ur3 0u7 7h3 m0r3

c0mpl1c473d 3qu4710n5 0nc3 1

607 83y0nd 7n3 8451c5: 70 4dd,

5u87r4c7, mul71ply 4nd d1v1d3.

Wh3n 17 c4m3 70 7h3 7h1nn3r 41r

0f 4l638r4, 630m37ry 4nd

7r160n0m37ry, wh47 d1d 1 n33d

4ll 7h47 5h17 f0r ? Wh47 4 w4573.

1 und3r5700d

*L471n*83773r 7h4n 7h47.1 h473d

*4ny7h1n6*70 d0 w17h4r17hm371c, c4lculu5, m47h,

*84h !*8u7 w417 ju57 4 d0660n3 m1nu73.

83f0r3 1 kn3w 4ny7h1n6 480u7

831n6 dy5l3x1c, wh3n 734ch3r5

4nd k1d5 47 5ch00l w0uld 74un7

4nd 73453, 4nd 54y m34n 7h1n6

7h47 w3n7 0v3r 4 y0un6 h34d,

L1k3, “15 5h3 r374rd3d ?”, 0r m4y83

“5h3’5 57up1d, 0r ju57 l42y”, 0r

“5h3’5 7h47 w4y 70 637 4773n710n”,

My 8r41n, un83kn0wn57 70 my53lf,

w45 4lr34dy l34rn1n6 70 83

cunn1n6, 4nd

*c0p3*, w45 7h3r3 h0p3 ?“4m 1 k1dd1n6 y0u ?” 8r41n p0k3d,

“L00k 47 4ll 7h3 5u8j3c75 y0u l0v3,

4nb 571ll d0 !”, 17 h0ll3r3d 47 m3.

17 607 m3 7h1nk1n6 480u7 7h3 5p0r75

1n wh1ch 1 3xc3ll3d; 4rch3ry, 15 0n3.

5c13nc3; h0w 4n07h3r l0v3, 457r0n0my

w45 c0nn3c73d 70 17. Wh1l3 h1570ry

4nd l4n6u4635 f3d 1n70 my

08535510n5 70 kn0w 3v3r m0r3.

W17h 4ll 0f 7h3 c0p1n6 m3ch4n15m5

7h15 8r41n’5 6r3y m4773r d3v3l0p3d,

4nd 571l l d035 w17h 34ch p4551h6 d4y,

70637h3r, w3’v3 l34rn3d h0w 70 l1v3

4nd c0p3 4l0n651d3 0f M47hm471c5,

wh1ch 3x1575 1n 3v3ry7h1n6 1 l0v3;

4nd 7h47’5 50 f45c1n471n6 70 m3 !

Written by Jade-Pandora
(jade tiger)

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### Math Without Wrath : Paint By Number

Circle With A Circumference Of !000

And A Diameter Of Three Eighteen

I Am Sure Any Who Can Work With

Mathematics Know Exactly What I Mean ;

Most Would Then Perceive , I Believe

The Magical Ratio Implied To Horatio

Of Strange Things In The World Unfurled

When One Considers 318 In Hebrew To Be

A Square , Yet More Even A Cube , You See

For If One Understands , I Have Just Fufilled

A Demand To Square A Circle Quite Skilled

Yet Even More Is In Store If Down To The Core

As One Five Nine In Hebrew Is Value For Point

As The Circle With Two Points I Aptly Anoint

Rather Than The Square So Artfully Put There

And Now It Is Just The Circle Looking At You

And A Diameter Of Three Eighteen

I Am Sure Any Who Can Work With

Mathematics Know Exactly What I Mean ;

Most Would Then Perceive , I Believe

The Magical Ratio Implied To Horatio

Of Strange Things In The World Unfurled

When One Considers 318 In Hebrew To Be

A Square , Yet More Even A Cube , You See

For If One Understands , I Have Just Fufilled

A Demand To Square A Circle Quite Skilled

Yet Even More Is In Store If Down To The Core

As One Five Nine In Hebrew Is Value For Point

As The Circle With Two Points I Aptly Anoint

Rather Than The Square So Artfully Put There

And Now It Is Just The Circle Looking At You

Written by Blackwolf
(I.M.Blackwolf)

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You, Em, do recall how i told You of a time in my growing up in the 4th grade where i took a math test and the Teacher failed me because while i DID GET ALL THE RIGHT ANSWERS she didn't understand the work i showed how i arrived at each answer and so failed me on the basis that i didn't perform the test based on her teaching methods................after that i nearly became a criminal until i met a Teacher in 7th grade who praised me for thinking outside of boxes.......but she was a Social Studies Teacher.

TRUTH be KNOWN?

anything Mathematics, elicits tears each time i Feel the equations and logic.

& because i know no one understands

it fucking makes me cry violently more. I can't -- am unable to explain my personal WHY, but no one cares about a indigent prodigy who sees spirits.

Yeah................am remembering shit and crying

**Tallen said:**i am not certain i can express the stats and workings of how my brain processes math.

You, Em, do recall how i told You of a time in my growing up in the 4th grade where i took a math test and the Teacher failed me because while i DID GET ALL THE RIGHT ANSWERS she didn't understand the work i showed how i arrived at each answer and so failed me on the basis that i didn't perform the test based on her teaching methods................after that i nearly became a criminal until i met a Teacher in 7th grade who praised me for thinking outside of boxes.......but she was a Social Studies Teacher.

TRUTH be KNOW?

anything Mathematics, elicits tears each time i Feel the equations and logic.

& because i know no one understands

it fucking makes me cry violently more. I can't -- am unable to explain my personal WHY, but no one cares about a indigent prodigy who sees spirits.

Yeah................am remembering shit and crying

You HAVE to watch The Man Who Knew Infinity. It will make you cry good tears. You're not alone in your unique inherent fluency of mathematical language, you speak it, scholars merely spell it out. The film will speak to your mathematical heart and I hope inspire one of your exquisite poems.

**Tallen said:**but no one cares about a indigent prodigy who sees spirits

My friend , Tallen...

That is exactly the type of person I love to have as a friend ;

I have been speaking the "language of the spirits" for many years now ,

and writing thousands of pages of code , explaining and documenting

this realm and other dimensions...

I do understand the "other reality" which interfaces with , and rules this

reality , which most see as the only , or "true" reality...

Know there are many like you...I have taught a number of them , and

met others , some who were born that way , *or * woke up...

Hang in there ! There are more of us than you know !

### Marital math

After marriage we become two in one

And as it takes two to make a child

Soon love has to be divided between your other half and kids

and as they multiply

we tend to become a little calculative.

I was never as good at math as at science

So I quarter the dinner pie

and let my hubby tutor the kids on the pi

In married life you have to subtract negative numbers

to bring out the positive ones

to round it off as a near success

Even when your partner, is not a common denominator

Adaptation, love , respect plus fidelity is the must equation

And can solve many marital problems if you do the math.

And while the dad or tutor teaches your offshoots about square roots

you can dial the number of your parents, your very roots

As parents we rise from zero to superhero, esp since there's profit and loss in the whole package...

Do spend a significant fraction of your time expressing love to your spouse

Even if a new addition to the family can really be equivalent to a lil time thief

Yet as baby slumbers and the kids ponder upon algebraic expressions

you can find time to escape into romantic expressions.

You need to look at life from a different angle sometimes

It can be hard for me since my hubby can be so obtuse at times.

You need to develop an acute awareness of your spouse's changing moods.

This could add up to a sum of marital bliss with you ,the spouse and kids

as equivalent fractions

like the equal sides of an isosceles

but in a sort of a love triangle.

Don't any of you be mean as the percentages of divorce rise due to mod factors.

Everything you say may count in a relationship

The simplest math for best results is to give love

to increase the quotient of love in a marriage.

After marriage we become two in one

And as it takes two to make a child

Soon love has to be divided between your other half and kids

and as they multiply

we tend to become a little calculative.

I was never as good at math as at science

So I quarter the dinner pie

and let my hubby tutor the kids on the pi

In married life you have to subtract negative numbers

to bring out the positive ones

to round it off as a near success

Even when your partner, is not a common denominator

Adaptation, love , respect plus fidelity is the must equation

And can solve many marital problems if you do the math.

And while the dad or tutor teaches your offshoots about square roots

you can dial the number of your parents, your very roots

As parents we rise from zero to superhero, esp since there's profit and loss in the whole package...

Do spend a significant fraction of your time expressing love to your spouse

Even if a new addition to the family can really be equivalent to a lil time thief

Yet as baby slumbers and the kids ponder upon algebraic expressions

you can find time to escape into romantic expressions.

You need to look at life from a different angle sometimes

It can be hard for me since my hubby can be so obtuse at times.

You need to develop an acute awareness of your spouse's changing moods.

This could add up to a sum of marital bliss with you ,the spouse and kids

as equivalent fractions

like the equal sides of an isosceles

but in a sort of a love triangle.

Don't any of you be mean as the percentages of divorce rise due to mod factors.

Everything you say may count in a relationship

The simplest math for best results is to give love

to increase the quotient of love in a marriage.

Written by Zaynab_kamoonpury

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### Math Class

**Math is the Devil, its poison so lethal**

Since the situations evil, I guess I’m just Knievel

The Square Root of pie is a lie my brotha,

Don’t ask me for an answer, so you better find another

So please excuse my dear Aunt Sally,

If I don’t get out this class I could end up in an alley

Everyday’s a test, everyday’s a trial

I need to do my work bout educo’s jus foul

In fact he’s the enemy, your girl so into me

And I’m into her, so I gotta make her scream

Just an hour and 50 sittin in this class,

I use to be a winner but with math I’m jus last

My mind is a mess from this bullshit that I’m feed,

Thinking its easier taking a bullet to the head

The Instructor says to you, evaluate the polynomial,

And if you can’t than he will think it’s something wrong with you

Scientific Notation

Gonna put me on probation

Only academic

Cause math is no gimmick

And neither is my life,

But all this strain and strife

Just to pass a class

Gonna shatter my spirit like its made of glass

So x varies directly with y, but all I do is sigh

And my question is why?

Im not gonna need this, it’s not in my field

This math is a Killer, Its kill or be killed

All the class texting, we all on the phones

IMing on facebook getting in the zone

Don’t need a B, can’t get an A

So Jus deal out the C’s, so we can call it a day

Since the situations evil, I guess I’m just Knievel

The Square Root of pie is a lie my brotha,

Don’t ask me for an answer, so you better find another

So please excuse my dear Aunt Sally,

If I don’t get out this class I could end up in an alley

Everyday’s a test, everyday’s a trial

I need to do my work bout educo’s jus foul

In fact he’s the enemy, your girl so into me

And I’m into her, so I gotta make her scream

Just an hour and 50 sittin in this class,

I use to be a winner but with math I’m jus last

My mind is a mess from this bullshit that I’m feed,

Thinking its easier taking a bullet to the head

The Instructor says to you, evaluate the polynomial,

And if you can’t than he will think it’s something wrong with you

Scientific Notation

Gonna put me on probation

Only academic

Cause math is no gimmick

And neither is my life,

But all this strain and strife

Just to pass a class

Gonna shatter my spirit like its made of glass

So x varies directly with y, but all I do is sigh

And my question is why?

Im not gonna need this, it’s not in my field

This math is a Killer, Its kill or be killed

All the class texting, we all on the phones

IMing on facebook getting in the zone

Don’t need a B, can’t get an A

So Jus deal out the C’s, so we can call it a day

Written by FreeLove87

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Posted:24th November 2019 12:57pm