Friday Poem: Geometry by Rita Dove


I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling,
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.

As the walls clear themselves of everything
but transparency, the scent of carnations
leaves with them.  I 
am out in the open

and above the windows have hinged into butterflies,
sunlight glinting where they’ve intersected.
They are going to some point true and unproven.

Rita Dove

Addition:  You probably can’t explain a math problem or the deductive logic of a good proof, but you can make a good poem; perhaps the two shall never meet.

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