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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Matthew Friday

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Calculating The Cost

I want to say to the student stressing
about the next math test, worrying her
score with never reflect her best, the
trauma adding up, she fears the rest,
that stupid tests are not the real math.
It's just the system of keeping account,
creating a product that can have skill
enough to add up spending amounts.
Math is a bee's hexagon honeycomb,
the minutes since you last saw your love
the distance the sun's hopes to roam,
the fractal divisions of the trees above,
the sum of all our warming actions,
the urgent need of healing subtractions.