Joined still to her mother’s placental algebra,
she solves puzzles of love, life and parabola;
sucking subtractions at a withering breast,
expressing equations many years suppressed.
Mathematics learned at the maternal knee
curves and circles into geometry.
Kim M. Russell, 9th August 2018
This Thursday, Sherry is our host with a post based on ‘The Horses, the Sorrow, the Umbilicus’ by Maureen Hynes, a new poet to me. I enjoyed the poem and the prompt, which is to choose one line from this poem or another poem of our choice, and make it the first line of a new poem. I chose the line: ‘joined still to her mother’s placental algebra’.