I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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6 April 2013

Arithmetic


One plus one is two.
Two can grow to be one.

Some couples multiply,
becoming one family
of three or four or more.

We didn't do it that way;
not with each other.
Our former families divided.

And grew, as the children
matured and married ...
and dispersed.

Each of us (we two)
became single.

Met. Joined. Coupled.
One plus one makes two.

Two become one unit:
one couple. A single couple.

Merging, fusing, two
can grow to be as one.
This is everything!

But they may separate.
One can part from one,
leaving one alone ...
feeling like nothing.

Is this not singular?


Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge 2013, 5: a plus poem.

15 comments:

  1. Poignant - I think that's the word I've been trying to think of - your poetry is particularly poignant nowadays. Thank you.

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    1. You're welcome, love. Yes, well, I guess it would be. *Wry smile.*

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  2. I so know the poignant reality of this kind of math, Rosemary. You write your way through so wonderfully.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. These prompts can take us to interesting places.

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  3. It is singular, but unfortunately, its name is also Legion. I was divorced, but still two with Riley... then a plus one with Lex, plus 258 Italian relatives!

    Your math speaks volumes about the human condition. Thanks, Rosemary, and peace, Amy

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    1. Singular and Legion, yes. :(

      I like the 258!

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  4. Rosemary, yes...it is indeed 'singular' but not unusual, it seems. But one always feels the 'singular' strongly when it is her/him in the equation. Math is always objective, but not always kind.
    Sigh.

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    1. Thanks for the pertinent comments. I know you understand.

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  5. a potent kind of maths. :)


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    1. I am not good at the usual kind, lol. But this, I am learning.

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  6. 'feeling like nothing'...oh that sucked the air right out of me. Thank you for such a lovely comment on my contribution this week Rosemary! I'm very honored to have been considered for your article!

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  7. One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
    Two can be as bad as one
    It's the loneliest number since the number one . . .
    Three Dog Night

    I wonder, if there weren't any twos, maybe one wouldn't seem so lonely.

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