Published on March 9th, 2014 | by geeky0
The Square Root of Three
I’ve loved this poem ever since I saw it recited in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. It’s the best bit of nerdy romantic poetry I’ve ever heard! “The Square Root of Three” is attributed to David Feinberg.
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The Square Root of Three (David Feinberg)
I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three.
A three is all that’s good and right.
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath a vicious square root sign?
I wish instead I were a nine,
For nine could thwart this evil trick
with just some quick arithmetic.
I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321.
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality.
When, arc! Just what is this I see?
Another square root of a three
Has quietly come waltzing by.
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer.
We break free from our mortal bonds.
And with a wave of magic wands,
Our square root signs become unglued,
And love for me has been renewed.
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