2011 Poetry Contest Winner

A Poem about My Father’s Opinion on Opinion

By Futaba Shioda

 

Multifunctional coenzymes,

Molecular units in a cellular process,

ATP.

Adenosine Tri-Phosphate

Ability To Piss off

A Trying Parent

 

The fruit juice to life!

No.

Proteins.

 

Fifteen steps to enlightenment

To the = sign

(Too many buttons on the calculator)

127.63± i^89-¥ = x

Negative thirty-four to the eleventh power!

Again.

Radical y minus nineteen!

Again.

Pi plus i…? Or my foot.

*desk slam*

 

Doubt lest proven

‘Never’ is finite

Mental boxes of

Formulated emotions waiting in scheduled lines,

Explaining (Equating)

Ecosystems

Alcoholics

MLK

Everything [except the Republican Party]

 

Yes?

17- 4 = truth

Osmosis, mitosis, grammar, and sex.

  • Math
  • Science
  • Law
  • Death

Questions?

(13.68 + 2 seconds of silence)

 

A tranquil light shaft sprinkles across my pencil…what about art?

History…

Ellipses?

Pulsating hums in the unexplainable turnings of cosmic strings?

Love?

 

(Pluto falls out of the solar system)

 

ATP.

ATP.

Adapt To Patriarchy.

ATP.

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