Friday, August 18, 2006


these three remainders
you, me and her are
the legacy of simple math
and boolean logic, not so much

we have lost our ability
to add and multiply
desire sliding slowly
off the tail end of X

crossed paths in a cradle of
American comforts
so many plus signs
weighed us down

there is no magic in subtraction
a solitary horizontal bar
where nothing stays,
at least for very long

this foil between us
I lunged from the left
you two repelled, siblings
parrying behind Prospero

division is our only function
anemic lines squeezed
between fecund dots
expecting no friction

only a clean cut
which never heals
despite our common

heir apparents with no answers
still wanting some of it all


Blogger ozymandiaz said...

or perhaps scizomatics?

8/14/2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

After 5 shots of tequila personalities split like peanut shells at a Longhorn's Steak House bar. Love it!!

8/14/2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

thank you gentlemen. glad you enjoyed it!

or "schizomatics" Ozy? :-P I do like that moniker! clever

8/14/2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Cherie! said...

....and we follow BODEMAS even in our relationships eh?

8/18/2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

You have me stumped Ms. Cherie. BODEMAS? (couldn't find it in english anywhere)

8/18/2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Ahhhh. I got it. It took me a moment. BODMAS. (the "e" threw me--thought you were using spanish). As in the mathematical order of operations used in computer programs.

All I can say is poppa wasn't a rolling stone, but he is a mathematician. Of which I'm a fuzzy extraction.

Thanks for stopping by.

8/18/2006 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/19/2006 4:29 PM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Thanks Jon. Always so encouraging. :o)

8/19/2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger steve said...

functional poetry
enjoy your writing
so much

8/21/2006 2:45 PM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Thank you for the praise poem Steve!
I do appreciate your visiting.

8/21/2006 8:04 PM  
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8/21/2006 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've REALLY been likeing this one! :o) Thank you so much for stopping by! I love your view on the Whaley House! That is exactly what I was going for!!!! Same with the skyscrapers. Thats really cool that you lived out in that area. 2 of my brothers are out in that area & I've been wanting to visit them & see the Whaley House but I haven't yet. Thank you again! :o)

8/22/2006 12:12 AM  
Blogger floots said...

your work fascinates me
the title alone was captivating
and i loved the relatioship insights
but i am always left wishing i'd remembered more physics
(so i'll keep stuying your version) :)

8/22/2006 12:59 AM  
Blogger Russell Ragsdale said...

This is one side of you that is made of pure play and pleasure, even when writing about unhappiness. I always enjoy this and keep coming back for more.

8/22/2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

I have read this over and over again. It is wonderful each time.
A couple of things come to mind, though...
Perhaps vectors instead of math would be more fitting to the theme...
And I believe there is magic to subtraction, if by no other means than a Taoist view. Removing all of those burdensome pluses must be a plus...

8/22/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Jon: thank you. and yes, I keep peeking at your paintings. my fav skyscraper is the empire state bldg (though my fav NY building overall is the chrysler bldg--always has been). and your lumpy taxis i didn't miss either. even looked up the whaley house online and to tell the truth, i like your rendition better!!

Mister Floots: i'm so honored you stopped by. thank you for your praise.

Moy Mastera: yeah, i think i like these poems best overall as a group--but i need all 3 dimensions to stay whole...or at least try too

Ozyman: you'll have to explain why vectors over math (though i read somewhere "to the vectors go the spoils"); and the Tao philosophy is beautiful...i just am not in that state of mind yet...hoping to be...thanks superspouse for your support!

8/22/2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

That was supposed to be "path" not "math". Oops.

8/24/2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Pat said it all, I enjoyed this

8/26/2006 3:21 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

I'm starving for what you might write next. I think of Heisenberg Sunrise every time I drink tea now.

8/31/2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger "Angeldust" said...

Fascinating - a "new concept", vision to me. Pleasantly surprised, I always love to observe the pasticity of words in the hands of some natural experts)

Thank you for the opportunity - linked over from PlusUltra

Joy to you

9/02/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Ozy, Lou, Plus Ultra: always glad to see you drop by

Angeldust: thanks for stopping by and your kind words; "pasticity", a lovely sounding word i'll have to look up!

9/02/2006 2:14 PM  
Anonymous cat said...

excellent! i love the way this one rolls off the mind.

10/04/2006 12:51 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

thank you Cat!

glad you stopped by.

10/05/2006 1:16 PM  

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