Irrational Numbers

This is from a prompt “Lessons from maths class” to write about a mathematical idea. I was going to give it a miss, until I saw the “such as never ending irrational Numbers” while I haven’t written about pi, these statistics seem far less rational if you as me.

Never ending irrational numbers
Streaming across the screen
Twenty five percent
Three hundred and twenty thousand
Fifty million
As human lives
Are turned into statistics
Meaningless
Irrational
Statistics
The number of men my age who died by their own hand
The number of people without a roof in my land
The number of civilians who were “collateral damage” in world war two
Meaning stripped
By irrational numbers
Forgetting
Someone’s brother
A smile to light the street
Baby shoes left empty
Never ending irrational numbers
Screaming our stupidity

Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment,

The Lonely Recluse

N.B. the statistic for WW2 casualties is a quick grab of a low end estimate.

~ by The Lonely Recluse on February 25, 2020.

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