Thursday, August 10, 2006

Prime Numbers (for M.R.P., the poetryman)

       everything is divisible

     as we grow up, and threadbare
        mistaking weak seams for durability
            heavy sighs collapse the card house

    but not in number theory

        where certain ordinates are
            they cannot be divided

   even though ordinary men
            still pick fights
     over the primality of "1"

          demonstrating that every one
               has a primal instinct
        to shoot their own reflection

           there just may be salvation

                    in prime numbers
        the mathematician's decoder ring
                  as sexy as Salome's seventh veil
           unlocking Herod's secrets

        and a bard in Arkansas
          who leaves the restaurant
                 with Mamet on the table
        to start a revolution with a keystroke

               and reassures me
   that the power of one lies not in its division,
                  but in its multiplication


Blogger thepoetryman said...

Wow. What a great number! :>)

Honored my freind. Humbled and honored.

8/10/2006 5:25 PM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Glad you like it!

My gift to you.

8/10/2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

One may be the loneliest number but it is at least indivisible.
Another wonderful work.
Ya know there is this worldly understanding that math is a universal language. Personally, I think we are pompous.

8/11/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Rappaccini's Daughter said...

Thank you Ozy. So you're one of those who thinks one is indivisible!!! I don't know why I was shocked to find this was an actual issue in the corridors of CalTech.

More evi of our pompousness. Though I do have a favorite prime number "3". b/c well, "a cord of 3 is not easily severed" and "it is, it is, it's a magic number..." ('member School House Rocks!?! Blind Melons did a great cover of it too)

8/11/2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Queen Neetee said...


What a smart poem of truth.

8/12/2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger Scheherazade said...

Why thank you your majesty! You do give delicious praises!

8/12/2006 10:59 PM  
Blogger Crunchy Weta said...

An interesting thing about prime numbers is that they remain prime in any base.... I don't know, thought for the day perhaps?

8/14/2006 6:36 AM  
Anonymous **Silvermoon**GEL said...

Hmmm, another one. I used to tutor high school math...while my easel was tucked in the corner.
those divisibility rules helped so many students...
Primo prime poem!

8/30/2006 10:00 PM  

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