Not a Number

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Surrounded by numbers, defined by them,
How can I be number one, with so many women and men?

What is my intellectual worth, how important is my say?
I cannot be sure until I see my GPA.

I want to learn, so I need a good grade,
But success will eventually be measured in what I’m paid.

From when I was little, to the time I die,
I am constrained by numbers, you must be “this tall” to ride.

Math can be beautiful, it just makes perfect sense,
But sometimes life doesn't, I can’t live in this numerical fence.

I am trapped, haunted by numbers, it’s absurd,
I must break the curse of this quantifiable world.

It takes courage to liberate the mind from math and meter,
To fly higher than infinity, dive below zero, break all the rules someone else made for you to follow.

I can’t multiply a melody, integrate intimacy, or calculate compassion,
So I stray from the comfort of a steady tempo and march to the beat of my heart, my unique rhythm.

Shapes cannot shackle me, I make my own geometry,
Arithmetical illusions imprison some inside, but I refuse to give in to numbers, I cannot be quantified.





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MaybeImCrazyButIThinkILovedYou This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm
Well, you've just... Outdone yourself! I love it.   The brilliance of how you constructed the poem with mathmatical terms while writing with this concept is just wonderful!   I love how you tell a story underneath, as well. Most poets just dwell on an emotion, but, in the end, yours resolved.   5 stars
 
harrykaps replied...
Mar. 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm
I appreciate the comment!
 
FemmeGeek This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:25 pm
So beautiful! I love your references to math and GPA. I constantly feel pressured by numbers, even counting my grade to the nearest tenth. I can really connect to this poem.
 
harrykaps replied...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm
Thanks!  I'm glad you liked it.
 
taylorbagen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm
I love this poem!
 
harrykaps replied...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Thank you so much!
 
thatunknownthing This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm
good job!                   -
 
harrykaps replied...
Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Thank you, I appreciate it very much!
 
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