A Challenge

May 8, 2012
Problem after lengthy problem,
Hours crawling by as I suffocate
I the white sea of graph paper
Littered with integrals, derivatives, natural logs.

What do you know of natural logs,
Simpson and Archimedes,
You two who sit on your high pedestals
And ponder ways to torture future generations?

I have seen the great Pines of the north
Reaching their arms to the sun
In praise of another hundred years
Full of life, peace, tranquility.

I have seen the Birch and Dogwood
Frolicking in the Alaskan snow,
Hand-in-hand, singing in praise,
Enjoying life to the fullest.

I have seen the mighty Redwood
Battle through the enraged tempest,
Sweat on his brow, blood mixed with sap,
Falling, embracing the end with a smile.

So tell me again what you have seen
Simpson and Archimedes.
Tell me again of those logs you call natural.
I challenge you.

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48Dragonwriter said...
Sept. 30, 2013 at 9:34 am
I love the structure and anlogies. This article speaks to me and I hope to many others as well. You are a great writer
CJJunior said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm
I loved the way you structured this poem, and I loved the analogies you gave about having seen the world. The language was very sophisticated, but very broad. I did think this poem was confusing however, and had to read each stanza a couple times before I understood it well. If you made the context of the poem clearer it would make it so much better.
AthenaMarisaDeterminedbyFate This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 30, 2012 at 7:49 am
I am at a loss for words, this is so good. 
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