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My Quadratic Equations, a Poem by Milton P. Ehrlich

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Are a vast algebra of joy.

They make splendid curves

like eye-popping parabolas

and give off a paradisal heat.

They have tropical ingenuity

and the special knowledge

for landing on all the planets.

Plusses and minuses end wars.

With mathematical projections

we destroy all of our weapons—

speak to each other calmly

after singing heartfelt songs,

and embrace all of our enemies

soon to become our new friends.


Milton P. Ehrlich Ph.D. is an 89-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War. He has published poems in Poetry Review, The Antigonish Review, London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, and the New York Times.


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