Exponential Increase & Living in Numbers

Exponential Increase

We lift them up to the Lord.

I can see the mathematician rising up to the Lord
the way an exponential function curves
upwards.
Crawling around on hands and knees in
the darkness of her mind and wandering like

the functions of sine and cosine, she searches
for the trail, the sign that He has left for us
to follow—the path to Greater Understanding.

After awhile, she’s come to learn
that the positive x-values of a cube root
function is a nudge leading to the Right Way,
the point (0,0), the origin of all journeys,
and that the integer values of the integer
function are the small steps into the 1st Quadrant,
a place where both x and y-values are positive. 

And just when she thinks she’s come across
the Limit itself, the piecewise function
that contains elements of all the different parent
functions, in all its profundity, the pipe organ vibrates,
and the soft glow of the stain glass windows suddenly
becomes too bright to marvel at.

So she rises, brushing the stray eraser crumbs
off her clothes and picking them out of her lap.
But as she marches single file through the double
doors, she happens to glimpse back, only to
see Him reclining, contented.

Observing her, He smiles faintly, and proceeds to
replenish the crumbs lost to searching minds
like hers.

It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


Living in Numbers

Sunday, August 22, 2010:

Number of times I’ve woken up after oversleeping and sprung out of bed like a ninja: 959
Number of broken bones: 3
Number of scars, physical: 4; emotional: 947
Number of funerals attended: 7
Number of friends, Facebook: 744, real: 9
Number of cavities filled: 0

Percentage of people I can stand in the world: 3.5

Number of times I’ve laughed so hard my sides would bruise: 2,972
Number of times I’ve wanted to bawl my eyes out: 320
Number of things I regret: 11
Number of things I know: 918,394

Monday, August 23, 2010:

Number of times I’ve woken up after oversleeping and sprung out of bed like a ninja: 960
Number of broken bones: 3
Number of scars, physical: 4; emotional: 1,293
Number of funerals attended: 7
Number of friends, Facebook: 800, real: 7
Number of cavities filled: 0

Percentage of people I can stand in the world: 3.4

Number of times I’ve laughed so hard my sides would bruise: 2,973
Number of times I’ve wanted to bawl my eyes out: 321
Number of things I regret: 13
Number of things I know: 918,390

Claire Lee
Age 15, Grade 10
The Chapin School
Gold Key

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