High School Algebra

via Daily Prompt: Puzzled

Word count = 104 / Reading time = 35 seconds

Wish I’d mastered the quadratic equation.

ax2 + bx + c = 0  sounded cool

because, hey, square water!


But I studied Cathy, my 9th grade

math teacher’s daughter,

harder than math,

than my beloved

English, hard enough that I learned

a new word from her,



a concept so profound

it kept me out of school a week!

The very week

I should have been

learning polynomials,

coefficients, etc.


So I became the a that equals 0,

rendering my equation linear.

I coasted along that straight line

as puzzled, it turns out, by

girls as I remain about higher math.

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Since I can’t figure out how to make it look right on WordPress, I’m attaching this picture of my poem so you can see what it’s supposed to look like:



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