I don’t think I’m understanding this
Because the answers I come to don’t feel quite right
How are we supposed to know for certain what X equals?
How do we know that X isn’t an infinite number of problems in its own
Reaching far out into oblivion where our minds can’t begin to comprehend?
And why should we pretend to know more about X than we really do?
We constantly put this unidentified variable in situations
Where it sits uncomfortably between
That have already “figured themselves out”
But X is stuck in the midst of it all
Everyone else knows their worth
And what happens when they’re added to
or subtracted from
Multiplied or divided by
And they know that X is different
And they isolate X
Leaving X to accept
That the number on the other side of
the equal sign
Is all it will ever be worth
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.