she crunches the sequence
again and again
it works well on paper
in theory, but then…

after sine and cosine,
all amounts to a sigh.

in sum: when it really counts,
numbers do lie.

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16 Responses to Miscalculations

  1. poemblaze says:

    Simple and profound. Nice write.

  2. Other Mary says:

    Ouch! Very clever word play here. Who ever said there was safety in numbers?

  3. No, my dear, the numbers don’t lie: people do. Great, as usual. Don’t you want to try sucking at writing for while, like me? Nah, probably wouldn’t come so easily to you as it does for me. 🙂

    Your admiring fan, Moskowitz

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Mosk, you’re hilarious. I’ve just paid you a visit, and obviously, ’tis YOU who lie. No suckage whatsoever.

    (And thanks, all.)

  5. De, this is so darn clever…and sadly, too often true.

  6. De!! You’re a smarty!! I love your unique playing with words…always!! 🙂

  7. Laurie Kolp says:

    De- You are on a roll my friend! I really like this one!

  8. kelly says:

    nice word play, and punch at the end… very clever!

  9. brian miller says:

    ouch…a stinging ending to this…just like when those numbers dont add up

  10. claudia says:

    sometimes the right formula has yet to be discovered…love your scientific take on relationship here..

  11. hobgoblin2011 says:

    love the calculations- math I’ve found lends itself and its advanced concepts and theories so well to the philosophical avenues in poetry. Short piece here, but you painted a clear picture in a really nice way. Enjoyed the read. Nice job. Thanks

  12. Tony says:

    Numbers don’t lie – but they can suffer terrible abuse at the hands (and tongues) of those who want to use them to bolster their own positions (and egos). I think it was Mark Twain (when in doubt blame Twain!) who said, “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Sadly it’s all too true.

  13. Very clever. I enjoyed that.

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