…They were math poems and probably literally the only poems I have ever written in my whole life. I’ll admit, I don’t have a knack with words. They don’t come naturally. I wrote these up in one night after I finished my homework and rewarded myself by watching Detective Conan on Adult Swim at 3:00 in the morning.
They were for a poetry contest my high school was holding for “Math appreciation month”. Which is in April, apparently. I wrote three poems and they each won something. I’ll save e the contest-winning poem for last (I didn’t win anything neat for it, but a long-ass column with my name attached in the school new paper)
The first one is a calculus limerick I made up! This limerick was so badass, the school literally MADE UP A WHOLE NEW AWARD for it. I got a FRAMED CERTIFICATE for this bitch. It was called the “Mathelete” award. Check it. Accuracy.
The integral from zero to pi
With respect to the variable y
Of the function, sine
Plus a constant, you’ll find,
Is two plus that constant times pi.
The second one won an honorable mention for its subtlety. (hint: count the syllables)
Who had achievements quite divine,
But more notable than those three, I’m sure you’d agree,
Inspired this poem to a degree, was none other than famous Fibonacci.
And last, but not least, is this beast! It’s a cumulative poem inspired by and parodying the children’s song, “The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly”. (Youtube video for the unfamiliar).
Two additional notes:
1: Yes, I know it’s not perfectly accurate. I was in high school.
2. I took some really funky creative artistic license in verse 8, with the word “Lebesguity.” which is not a word. It’s so far from word, it yields NO Google search results except for forcing you to looked results for Henri Lebesgue… Whose last name I used to create the word. And as far as I know, has nothing to do with the type of fractals I was thinking of when writing that verse. I don’t even know HOW I knew about this mathematician considering I don’t even know anything about him or his work now. I’m calling bullshit researching on past-Connie. I wish I could change that verse
.In any case. Here’s the first verse. The rest is behind a cut because this post is already long enough.
There once was a point,
It was fixed in its place,
It had no volume, nor area,
Dimension, nor space