Mathematics Commando

24 Aug

To be a comrade in the war on equations, one needs stealth. Patience. Forbearance. And a determination to avenge.

Burn. Bombard. Blaspheme.

Alternating between machete and machine gun, creep up on the long baffling rows of numbers, draw yourself to full height and attack. Pound entire magazines of bullets into the curves of figures, shred symbols with venom, tear through mazes of graphs, rhombi and trapeziums, blasting, blowing apart, uncorking rivers of blood.

Wreak. Havoc.

Rip through logic, plug your ears to the screams, take down as many permutations as you can, hand glide from supertext, applaud the martyrs, put on a show of madness and impatience and flagrant contempt of what is.

Vent. Your. Rage.

Innards will splatter your dark bodysuit, your head furiously churning under the hardness of a tea-colored helmet, blown-up bits and bobs oozing dark liquids and tightly-coiled secrets, your boots crunching out the last of life as we know it in a supposed string of sense, that most despicable of creatures, that heinous crime, that assuredly unpardonable of all sins,

a mathematics equation.

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8 Responses to “Mathematics Commando”

  1. Roxana August 27, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    As someone who loves herself some numbers, I wonder if it would be blasphemous to claim to love this post :). Reminds me of a newspaper article/ post titled ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ that I’d read, a long time ago.
    It’s one thing for beauty/ sadness etc to inspire such beautiful writing, but math equations? This one must be a first.

  2. Orange Jammies August 29, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Roxana: Let’s just put the inspiration for this one down to varied life experiences, shall we? πŸ˜‰

  3. dipali55 September 2, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    That is one strongly worded post!!!!

  4. Orange Jammies September 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    dipali55: Now you know how I feel. πŸ™‚

  5. dipali55 September 5, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Saw this on FB and thought of you!

    Dear Math, I am not a therapist. Solve your own problems

  6. Orange Jammies September 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    dipali55: πŸ˜† Love it! (Erm, except that I am one. But Math doesn’t need to know that, right? πŸ˜‰ )

  7. Aunty G. September 20, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    I was tempted to use some expletives
    To match OJ’s adjectives
    But’ve changed my mind
    ‘Cos am way behind
    Shall stick to the basic objectives!

  8. Orange Jammies October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Aunty G: Good idea, Aunty G,
    Leave those expletives to me
    The homegrown sort
    Pips those store-bought
    And they come for free!

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