Math Is Poetry
For me poetry is math
by Prasanta Kumar Mahapatra
And math is poetry.
For mystery lies in math
And poetry leads to mystery.
I find a factor tree as beautiful
As the Champak in my courtyard.
The alligation mixture simply blows
My mind as a metaphor or a ballad.
Geometry has modified
My experience as a poet
As shapes have come into my poetry
And poetic lines in my teaching of math.
Math is a game of numbers
And poetry that of words
Equations are nothing but metaphors
Images are probabilities of playing cards.
A poet says one thing, but
A reader thinks more.
As a circle on the blackboard
Is a zero to one and world to another.