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# An Exercise in Edgy Salt

October 15, 2016

*dramatic fist stabs into the chest,
scooping out the fibrous, tremulous mass*

Almost-cardioid with constant four, coefficient
Of trigonometry four minus epsilon
Where epsilon contains an infinite number of fours
Projected into non-Euclidean void,
Wrenched out by invisible daggers

Take it! I gape
Sending it soaring past silicon shards,
Into the polluted, dysfunctional waters
Where yachts never touch the depths,
But we are disturbed nevertheless

There it rests
Until the creature Gollum devours it
Or leviathan finds a lump in his throat,
And he develops a mineral exoskeleton
Hardened to his core

Bitter, despairing jealousy is an interesting emotion to explore.

Explanation of mathematics in verse 2: A cardioid is a shape usually described in polar form (taught in precalculus). It looks like a heart. The equation contains a constant part and a sine or cosine part (the trig). Epsilon usually denotes an arbitrarily small (read, could get extremely small) positive number. Finally, Euclidean space is just the xyz-space. So non-Euclidean is any other space.