“The Math Of a Rose ” by Maya Sharma Sriram

The Math Of a Rose

I am seized by an irrational wish—
to compose an ode to the rose.
The odds of my failure, I accept
tend to infinity; yet I persevere.
The geometry defying shape
challenges me; the form of a
well-written verse attracts me.
Teased by the idea of the petals
in the Fibonacci or perhaps in
the Mystical Phi, I am egged on.
I fear, as no handy theorems or
lucid logic ride to ready rescue.
For poetry is much more than
a few angles or French curves.
I shall begin by adding emotions
in an Arithmetic Progression.
So I write of the joy of the bloom,
and the sorrow of the withered bud.
I know I should sprinkle my lines
with clever devices, periodically
like numbers on my meter scale.
So when I talk about the petals
as smooth as silk or of the thorn
that protects its honor, I must
divide these thoughts into neat
stanzas, their ratio being one.
My reader is the unknown x
with whom I seek a relation;
where my poem times x gives
a constant— profound pleasure.
I create a heady mixture, one
of words, thoughts and feelings,
brewed in a delicate proportion.
I know it is a complex matrix
I lead the trusting reader through,
into the land of fuzzy logic
for a momentary glimpse of
a glittering 3D prism.


Maya Sharma Sriram is a writer-poet. Her work has appeared in many journals in India and abroad, including Kavya Bharathi, Brown Critique, Mused Literary Journal, and the anthology Voices in Time, a collection of poems short-listed for the All India Poetry Competition by the Poetry Society of India. She is a winner of the Elle Fiction Award, 2010. She is also the author of the book, Bitch Goddess for Dummies. She lives and works in Mumbai, India.

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