Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What are we required to prove?

(Quod Erat Demonstrandum)

by Amy Fogelstrom Chai

That which must be demonstrated
Is never what we think;
Angles, sections, slices, arcs fall
Neatly, in Euclidean order.
Time marks every palm and etches each eye— 

That which must be divided
Is never what we expect;
The numerator stands, needing no other
Until, completed by another
One divides one, the solution remains--

That which must be comprehended
Is rarely what we see;
Answers seem beyond our grasp
And will be, unless together
We seize the compass, and trace the heavens--

And what are you and I required to prove?

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