Ode to the Weary Math Student | Teen Ink

Ode to the Weary Math Student MAG

November 29, 2008
By Anonymous

Math Student
Woe to the math student,
In an advanced class,
Who tries oh so hard,
And yet can’t seem to pass
The equations are evil,
The numbers, nonsense
And all the test grades
Contain dark suspense

Woe to the math student,
A slave to the book
Odd answers are in back –
Oh so tempting to look
Who studies for hours,
And stares at the page,
The body is paralyzed,
But inside, so much rage

Woe to the math student,
Doomed to the grave,
If surviving to the bell,
The soul may be saved,
But oh, when returned home
There awaits homework,
The student, in despair,
Calls the teacher a jerk

Woe to the math student
Who will surely die
The numbers are deadly,
And no one knows why
The brain has shut down,
The body is weak,
And oh, what’s awaiting
In math class next week?

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem last year after becoming frustrated with my pre-calculus work.

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Oh my goodness, it's all so true!!! Awesome job!!

on Aug. 1 2011 at 6:21 am
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on Jul. 24 2011 at 7:29 pm
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s made me laugh! I am a great math studnt but sometimes you just can't help to feel exactly like the way you described.

on Jun. 14 2011 at 2:42 pm
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This really put a smile on my face because it is the same way I feel in my math class. I have always s.u.cked in math and can relate to this poem. Awesome job and keep writing :)

on Jun. 11 2011 at 3:10 am
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I did a poem movie and poem analysis on this! AWSOME!

on May. 31 2011 at 10:07 pm
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lol! Awesome! so true and i can definitely relate.

on Apr. 26 2011 at 11:35 am
ArabQuest SILVER, Alexandria, Virginia
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Dude, same here! I have math! But I love your poem! Keep up the good work!

on Mar. 30 2011 at 9:43 pm
buggzbunnie BRONZE, Middle River, Maryland
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i can relate  math is my worst subject by far i pass with a d every quarter .

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on Mar. 22 2011 at 8:39 am
Cityboy13, Wisconsin
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Relateability is a plus. Good.

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I know exactly this feeling and you described it perfectly. Love it

on Feb. 13 2011 at 3:21 pm
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Math definately my fatal weekness

on Feb. 13 2011 at 3:04 pm
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Very relatable, math sucks.

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on Jan. 6 2011 at 9:21 am
then your not a A student! lol

on Dec. 31 2010 at 12:17 pm
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on Dec. 9 2010 at 11:15 am
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this is exactly how i feel. its like u hit me rite at the core. AMAZING!! i hope to ad more from u

S M Wells said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 6:44 pm
I laughed till my sides ached, and yet I thorily agree,.

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on Oct. 4 2010 at 6:52 pm
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AMEN! lol i love this :D

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sorry more mistakes... you see im a perfectionist!! here we go again:

I hate math so much... im  in advanced classes and my teacher is  a huge jerk. You know, its hard to take instructions from somone who yells shut up all the time and is soooo rude unless your mom or another adult is around and u see her at,um i dont know maybe, WALMART she is so nice and asks if you know where the "sun dried tomatoes are" when your mom is next to you and then you find them and take them to her and she goes... "its about time"UGGGG...what a jerk!? rite i no!! sorry any way i added this as one of my favs!! great job! sorry about putting this comment so many times