By All Counts… by Joan McNerney

 

By All Counts

Proper and improper fractions

have distinctive differences

Proper fractions study at
prestigious universities.    They
attend cultural events and play
at least one musical instrument.
Proper fractions step aside
for ladies patronizing only

haute couture shops.

Improper fractions are hooligans.
Each one guzzles cheap beer,
crunching potato chips while
screaming at wrestling matches.
Improper fractions knock over seniors

to reach clearance racks first.

Beware of mixed figures.   These
hybrids can not decide what they are.
Medication might help them plus
talking therapy so popular today.   Never

allow children to associate with them.

Negative numerals should be avoided.
Those will only subtract from your life
flinging freezing rain in your face.
Conversely, positive numerals are
delightful handing us glowing statistics

and bright bouquets of fragrant daisies.

Never take integers for granted.   Do not
allow yourself to be divided but let
all quotients be fruitful and multiply

until that day when your number is up.

 

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Boston Review of the Arts, Kalliope, Mudfish, Spectrum and Word Thursdays. Four of her books have been published by fine literary presses. She has performed at the National Arts Club, Borders Bookstore, McNay Art Institute and other distinguished venues. A recent reading was sponsored by the American Academy of Poetry. Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky, A.P.D., Albany, New York.

Copyright © 2011 by Joan McNerney

 
 
 
 
 
 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s