Poem: “Matemáticas” (“Mathematics”)

Today we have another poem that was written in Spanish and has been translated into English so that more people can read it.

Matemáticas

a veces odio las matemáticas porque las comparo
con la forma que tengo que vivir

los problemas nunca terminan como los números,
mis problemas se multiplican, y mis alegrias se restan
mis días de desesperación
se suman, y mis preocupaciones se dividen
entre mis familiares y amigos, las matemáticas
son mis problemas, son los que
tengo que vivir

Mathematics

sometimes I hate mathematics because I compare them
with the way that I have to live

the problems never end like the numbers
my problems multiply, and my joys are subtracted
my days of desperation
add up, and my worries divide
between my family and friends, the mathematics
are my problems, they are the ones which
I have to live

Comments

  1. Thank you to both the writer and the translator. Since I don’t read Spanish, I was particularly grateful for the English translation.

    I really like the concept of comparing life to mathematics.

    “mis problemas se multiplican, y mis alegrias se restan
    mis días de desesperación
    se suman, y mis preocupaciones se dividen
    entre mis familiares y amigos, […]”

    I see this as the heart of the poem. This is intense, an intensity that dwindles in the last 2 1/2 lines of the poem. How would you like the poem to end? Strengthening those last few lines would strengthen the entire poem. The same applies for the opening.

    You have a wonderful start here. Thank you for sharing! If you do revise this poem, I’d love to see the new version posted on this blog.

    Paz~

  2. I LOVE THIS POEM! Great use of math to tie the whole poem together! Great idea.

  3. Perry Mason says

    BEAUTIFUL Poem I love this BRAVO

  4. stretchyourmind says

    I really like this poem. It reads well in English, but it flows very well in Spanish especially. Thanks for writing!

  5. Amanuel Ayano says

    I love it! It’s a nice poem, I liked the way you connect our everyday life to Mathematics.

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