Freshman Mathematics

Year twenty three;
the third of the First of Four.
The first of the third,
of which the third is three,
was half of half
the same as second.

The fourth,
or should I say
the second Second,
—it’s Two of Four—
now once removed,
though from the First,
year twenty one,
it’s three.

Years Three and Four,
no; five and six,
are variables unknown;
now: c & d.


Due to several stumbling blocks, both within and outside of my control, this has been my third year of first-year university studies. The Elementary Education program which I’m undergoing is supposed to take four years, but I’ll complete it in a mere six! This year I’ve been attending Selkirk College, where I have been able to take Almeda Glenn Miller’s excellent creative writing course. Today I was given an excellence award in the study of creative writing. “Freshman Mathematics” is one of my favourites to come out of the program, and it seems the perfect piece to share in celebration of this milestone.

The essay “In Which A Woman Agonizes Over Death” also came out of this program.

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