The instruction for the kid’s Math project was to write a five-stanza poem on scientific notation, place value, arithmetic mean and order of operation.

Herculean, but never impossible. Go me, I say!

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Math is the WordSimplification is the word

As scientific notations are used to denote

Those large and small sums

Too many zeroes are reduced

To exponential expressions

Making, for all, easier computationsUniformity is the word

As place value notations are used to denote

Amounts related to the base

Or radix, if you will

Symbols are used to identify positions

Each of their values

Multiplied by the power of the baseAveraging is the word

As arithmetic means are used to denote

The quotient of all given values

All amounts are added then divided

Depending how many addends there are

The result of dividend over divisor

Commonly, “Average” is the name we call itUniversality is the word

As precedence rules are used

For the order in which operations in expressions are evaluated

These notational conventions apply

To many programming languages and calculators

As we keep moving toward technological modernizationThese are not mere numerical theories

But are practical ways and means of organizing figures

Giving a semblance of order to the complexity

Of numbers and calculations and results

That define aspects of the world we live in

For all these, Math is the word

It came as a great surprise when, while cleaning up and archiving old files off my laptop’s hard drive, I found **22 pages of unpublished poetry**. Yes, folks, nearly two dozen poems just waiting to be part of a collection, over and above the ones already compiled.

Now, I can recall very clearly that I actually wrote them way, way back in 2002 at someone’s request, to be the chapter bookends of his autobiography. The manuscript was being edited then and I was given a copy to read and write “hard-hitting” poetry for.

However, the autobiography project was never realized as the author got distracted by other priorities. In 2003, my working relationship ended with him and off I went to serve in other sectors.

I got to keep all my poems, though, which was fantastic.

A teaser-sample is definitely in order:

]]>I journey on, dauntless

Not heeding

The threats and taunts

Never succumbing to weakness.This is my destiny

The unyielding road

I traverse with no apologies

Now, then and evermore.

I have long since wanted a blog where I can post and archive my articles and resources on writing and, finally, I officially launched the website on 8th July 2017. The domain name was purchased 28th July last year. However, it was only during the summer months of 2017 that I was able to set aside some time to go back to writing, building websites and blogging, following my first year of motherhood.

I blog about personal stuff at Shi Bytes. The rest of my websites are listed at The Honor and Blood Network.

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