Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

Ode to the Weary Math Student This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
Math Student
Woe to the math student,
In an advanced class,
Who tries oh so hard,
And yet can’t seem to pass
The equations are evil,
The numbers, nonsense
And all the test grades
Contain dark suspense

Woe to the math student,
A slave to the book
Odd answers are in back –
Oh so tempting to look
Who studies for hours,
And stares at the page,
The body is paralyzed,
But inside, so much rage

Woe to the math student,
Doomed to the grave,
If surviving to the bell,
The soul may be saved,
But oh, when returned home
There awaits homework,
The student, in despair,
Calls the teacher a jerk

Woe to the math student
Who will surely die
The numbers are deadly,
And no one knows why
The brain has shut down,
The body is weak,
And oh, what’s awaiting
In math class next week?

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





Join the Discussion


This article has 66 comments. Post your own!

blippi said...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm:
Im advanced in all my classes! But math just does not make any sense!!! This poem is just how I feel!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Pa S. said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm:
i'm failing my math class with a 53%, and i'm in all honors classes. i gotta bring dat up, don't i? oh well. kudoz, to u.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Jessica L said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 11:51 am:
It's fascinating... I wrote this poem over two and a half years ago...it was meaningful to my peers back then, and it's even more impacting to people now. I'm hoping to find a place where even more people will be able to enjoy and encourage change through this poem. (Even teachers have read it!) Thanks for the support from everyone. If you like it, please rate it or comment. Thanks!
 
Ben Overon replied...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm :
Well, you describe the feeling of math class (or class in general) very well. The poem is quite relatable. The meter is odd (an attempt at ballad meter? Certainly not iambic...), and the rhyme scheme is subtle enough to go almost unnoticed, but a valid (and valiant!) attempt at an Ode. I like it very much :) *bookmarks page* *shares*
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
cass said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 10:31 am:
i TOTALLY relate! i hate math too!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Msbhavn89 said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 8:26 am:
i luv this so tru i hated maths
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
FlyLikeAnEagle94 said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm:
Nice use of personification! This indeed describes the evils of math class. AND ALL THE HOMEWORK... EVERYDAY!!!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Chrmata said...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm:
OMG I LOVE this poem! Math has never been my favorite subject and this poem decribes my pain very well. Great job!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Lollipop said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm:
ha i like this poem!! its pretty funny and oh so true, im in Algrebra II/trig as a sophmore so i don't really fit in and i don't really understand any of it.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
AmnyR said...
Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm:
ha ha i've commented already, but i like it even more now! cept i cant call my teacher a jerk cause i'm homeschooled. ugh, math is the subject from the black lagoon though!!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
AwesomeHeather said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 9:32 am:
I'm in pre-cal this year and I so relate to this!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
munkyman95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm:
Loved it! Very real and clear. A breath of fresh air in a world of Sentimental confusion
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
legolas_elf said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm:
i am in honors geometry and this applies so much to me my math teacher is one of the worst i have ever had and so surviving through the class period is sometimes a challenge i loved this ballad so much great job this was absolutely flawless and hilarious
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Cherie777 said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm:
I know exactly how you feel! Pre-calculus is extremely hard
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Lostinbooks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 15, 2009 at 9:12 am:
Love the idea... Woe to the math student! Sounds about right...funny.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Racheal K. said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm:
This is really awesome! Im not to good at poetry, but I know that this is great!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
messie.egghead said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm:
i love this!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
annkaykay2011 said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm:
Sounds like a typical day for any student. =]
Its good, nice flow
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Tess A. said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm:
Awesomeness! lol sooooooooooo true!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
aspiring.author.09 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm:
I've tried explaining it to EVERYONE, but no one understand how I can be SO GOOD at writing and SO BAD at math. I'm not someone who likes the whole black and white, but rather the whole rainbow, if you know what I mean. Very witty, cute and good job coming up with the rhyming, it must have been a challenge.
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback