Math is Beautiful

“Eros, the Greek god of love, is associated not only with sex but with creativity, with fertility and the life force. This poem by Charles Harper Webb begins with sex (and death), entertains some clever metaphors (the penis ‘nude, without a raincoat,’ the womb ‘full as a World Cup stadium’), and careens giddily through the world as the speaker’s son is being born…

“Where do you find the evidence of the world’s persistent creativity, and the desire for things in the world to join and merge? Praise it, pray. Write a poem in celebration of Eros.”

-Kim Addonizio, “Ordinary Genius”



The trees hold secrets

Hidden by immense size

Tiny fractals

Trees know math


It all fits together

X and y

and pi, sine, square root

For one answer

A tree

Climbing high

Reaching to touch heaven

Which we may never do

We never move under gentle fingers

of the wind

We do not consume sunlight

for strength

to grow in beauty

Tall, straight



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