Sunday, January 15, 2012

Let’s Hear it for the Minus

Negative numbers deserve respect such as they rarely ever get.
In Math they have been dubbed absurd, an adjective that really hurt
When the nasty appellation saw its earliest application
In quite ancient, hoary times. Too long have nasty crimes
Like that stained Abstraction. Our times now call for action!
Let us rise now and defend numbers we can’t apprehend
Wearing those humbling minus signs they’re forced to show in lines
Doing subtraction which adds or division which just pads
Positive numbers’ sums. Let’s join and clear those slums
Below the Zero’s sway. Arise from Berkley to Bombay.
Negatives have a true domain in which they ought to reign
Supreme rather than merely be used when needed—cavalierly.

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