A little diversion

‘Teach me to divide’ she said

One wet afternoon when rain had stopped all play.

‘I can share OK to ten, but I need to learn the long way.’


Whatever for, my innocent young friend, for don’t we have a calculator as our foil,

And did not Ada Lovelace work such miracles, to take away such toil?


Learn algebra by all means

Seek patterns and relationships

For life is never really what it seems.


But better still, learn a poem, or a few

So that on some moonlit night

You might recite a verse or two,

To some young lover, arm in arm with you.


About Colin Billett

Maths teacher, among other things. View all posts by Colin Billett

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