From the archives — Beauty — JR Solonche


From my room down the hall,
I can hear the mathematics
professor getting emotional
about an equation, and I ask
myself how someone can get
so worked up about what isn’t real,
an abstraction, nothing but what?
Signs and symbols. A scribble.

Oh, I say to myself. To him
it is a poem, a formal one,
every word in place, every rhyme
perfect, every stanza exact. Poor man.
He, too, must pound the beauty deep in
with his fist. Every time. Every damn time.

by JR Solonche

from Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY, April 25, 2018

Photo by Christine Klocek-Lim


One response to “From the archives — Beauty — JR Solonche”

  1. Tovli Avatar

    I really liked this! I have many mathematician friends, and this is spot on!

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