Friday, 9 June 2017

Double Maths

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​The subject for this month's open mic is 'rubber'. This poem is my take on the topic, I hope you like it.

Double Maths

The black gown swept in,
flecked in dandruff and chalk
and the dance began again.
Function, cosine, blah blah blah.
The chalk bounced on the blackboard
its staccato bursts leaving
a nonsensical trail of symbols
hurriedly transcribed to paper
by confused students
before a felt lined wooden block
turned it to a cloud of dust.
The protestation from the back;
a voice asking 'what...'
cut off by a barked 'SHUT UP'
and a flying blackboard rubber.

John Carré Buchanan
09 June 2017


If you click on the link below you can listen to me read this poem.



This poem is linked to Poets United.

38 comments:

  1. Richard Fleming11 June 2017 at 12:43

    Reminds me of my own grim schooldays, John. Flying objects, chalk, dusters, once even a Bible (thrown by the Scripture Master in a fit of pique)provided us with a masterclass in learning to duck.

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    1. Youch, almost worth being a fly on the wall though. I suspect / hope things have changed in recent times. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Hmm I have always been scared of Maths, no matter how much I rake my brain, 'Maths' won't get into my head!

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    1. Hi Vandana, Thank you for your comment. I guess I was too especially as the blackboard rubber hurt!

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  3. Happy Days!! 10 out of 10 for this one, John. Happy days that taught us respect for others without self empowerment.

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    1. Hi Julian, I guess they taught me to shut up and keep my head down in maths. Long time ago now. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Maths classes were something like that..but I loved them..calculus not so much though!

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    1. Hi Thotpurge, thanks for your comment. I did well in maths, but I can't say I ever enjoyed it. There again I was more interested in sport than books!

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  5. Ouch - maths was never my strong point either!

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    1. Hi Jae, thanks for your comment. Hopefully it wasn't as painful. lol.

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  6. I'm smiling and loving it. Your poem took me back to high school, perhaps not in math (it has always been my favorite subject and I was blessed to share classes with a bunch of number-loving souls). But goodness, I certainly remember the chaos that was social studies... It is good to remember.

    Thank you for this.

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    1. Hi Magaly, thanks for a your comment, I am glad the poem took you back.

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  7. Thank goodness, I never sat in a class where the teacher hurled missiles at the students!

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    1. Hi MMT, thanks for your comment. I hope I haven't given the teacher in you any ideas ;-)

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  8. This is so good! It reminded me of my college days when I was dealing with calculus.. (not exactly my strong point) haha! Beautifully penned.

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    1. Hi Sanaa, thank you for your kind comment, I'm glad you liked the poem.

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  9. Ha, math is difficult enough without that teacher's approach. You painted the scene so clearly I could see it. I may even know that teacher. LOL.

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    1. Hi Sherry, it was interesting to see he was still teaching when my son was at school! he seems a bit more mellow nowadays!

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  10. haha...you're a talented poet John. I could never combine math and poetry the way you did here!

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    1. Hi J.T, thanks for your kind comment, it is much appreciated.

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  11. The dandruff got to me...what about the bushy eyebrows and ear hair ...yikes !! Excellent poem.

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    1. Hi Cressida, thanks for your comment. Actually the first time I saw the Harry Potter movie and saw professor Snape......

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  12. Whew, I can picture this scene. Sometimes tempers become hot in the classroom! Smiles. Well drawn.

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    1. Hi Mary, Thank you, I am glad you liked the picture. Thanks for the comment.

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  13. The kind of teacher I took to task as a school administrator....daring you to learn even though they don't teach.....no questions asked.

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    1. Hi Donna, I guess in those days things were a bit different! Thanks for your comment.

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  14. You skillfully took us there, John. Well done!

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    1. Hi Indybev, Thank you for your kind comment.

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  15. AW!!!! that wasn't nice of him at all. Thanks for sharing in well scripted words

    Happy Sunday John

    much love...

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    1. Hi Gillena, Thank you for your comment, I hope you have a good Sunday too.

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  16. Thank you for this walk back to my math days.

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    1. My pleasure Martin, thank you for your comment.

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  17. Yep, that was my schooldays. Same in every country in every era, apparently.

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    1. That's a shame Rosemary! Thanks for your comment.

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  18. You describe my math classes....

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    1. Hi Annell, thank you for your comment, sorry to hear that.

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