The Edge of Mathematics II

The Edge of Mathematics

The brewing storm is steady on my heels

As perfect a storm as every storm feels…

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Its violent screaming’d put thunder to shame

As it drowns out any music it finds

It muzzles thoughts of math without gain

Crunching up souls, destroying minds

So take me t’where music ‘n mathematics meet

So from this storm I may attempt safe retreat

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On my journey escaping tempest’s wrath

Horizons trick me into seeing hope

Yet fate’s winding road mightn’t take that path 

Instead of light it may take me to rope

So take me t’where destinies ‘n horizons meet

So certainty in futures may become complete

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I took a path up mount’nous terrain

Maybe from a height I’d gain perspective

So I may decide if I am hero ‘r bane

And thus decide to take actions corrective

So take me t’where the light and darkness meet1

So this soul’s battering may at last be beat

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Atop, where sky met mountain’s ledges

The blood of skies had painted such a view

Atop I stood on that plateau’s edges

To feel the end of red, the start of blue

So take me t’where the day and night meet

So removing sun would reduce rage’s heat

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I looked beyond the cliff to light below

Suicide’s in mind, watching sunsets alone,

Rewound Russel’s ringing thoughts in tow,

Still I’ll live so more of maths be known2

So take me, take me to mathematics’ edge

To that pursuit perhaps my life I’d pledge

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At logic’s border, thoughts did scramble

O Mother, I’ve spent enough time on preamble…

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Your sorrow still grinds my heart to pieces

Your story still brings tears to bloodshot eyes3

As numbness spreads through souls’ creases

I wish you’d never birthed those lives

That then became the seal of your fate

A binding seal to one not much your mate

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The heart that’s crushed and finely ground to dust

For poetry’s very essence is a must

But no amount of petty poetry writ

Would make me for fleeting forgiveness fit

Instead, if I flung myself to my end

Would time rewind, would mistakes amend?

I’d still dream of peace, of time undone

“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil”4

Perhaps in nightmare’s storms we end turmoil…

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Departing sun lead to death’s remembrance

To dreaming of another time’s semblance 

A time without noisy storms or battles

A time without me or brothers ‘n sisters

A time where mind never again rattles

A time of silence and not any listeners

Take me beyond the edge of mathematics

Beyond thought and time and such dramatics

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No amount of music, no amount of rain,

No amount of tears could wash away the pain

No amount, Mamma, could make us sane

No amount of mathematics could explain…

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Why your life was so thoroughly broken

My anger rose and hatred again awoken

I’d break before, now myself I’ll shatter too

Now I’ll make sure my life won’t matter too

From the heights of contemplation I’ll descend

Beyond the edge, finally, I see an end

So take me t’where bodies and ground meet

Take me, please, t’where life and death greet

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But even at the end of my living

Even as I fall to death with certainty

The dust of heart still needed forgiving

The storm arrived with utmost urgency 

Asked the dust in twister’s tongue-tied knot:

“What little peace was gained when peace was sought?”

The rushing waves and rolling winds had wrought

Again those absurd thoughts that were thought:

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“I’m sorry for everything, oh everything I’ve done”5

By ending my life no sorrow was undone

Residual hatred still remained unwrung

Spiteful speech would never be unflung

So what if some songs would remain unsung?

Dreams remained to change this time forlorn

So take me in my deathly sleep, my storm

Take me t’where the past and future are untorn

So I may fulfill my wish of being unborn

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The clock began reversing to become right

As night became day, then again night 

And light became dark, then again light

Horizons flickered in and out of sight

As destinies unwrit would be without blight

Since mothers no longer faced fathers’ might

Children’s minds were now unscarred by fight

Undoing the mistake that allowed me to exist,

Twenty-two years past and I was undone

As parents’ potential fates no longer mixed,

Thirty-two years past and joy had come

If there’s beauty left in pi squared by a sixth

Then time rewind ‘n start again, but fixed6

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  1. Inspired by Rumi’s Out Beyond Ideas
  2. A reference to a quote of Bertrand Russel: “I used to go there alone to watch the sunset and contemplate suicide. I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics”
  3. Inspired by these lines from Iqbal’s Urfi (translated): “On the subject of love he wrote such music \ By which red tears are still available to eyes”
  4. Quoted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To be or not to be”
  5. Quoted Imagine Dragons’ Shots, chorus
  6. Reworded the ending of In Glass and Ice, by me

An alternative ending to Is This Even Poetry:

An alternative ending to Is This Even Poetry

Excerpt from mathNEWS (Waterloo’s Bastion of Erudite Thought) Article (Nov 30, 2018) page 10, titled
TLDR: Laying Down On The Carpet In The Computer Lab Writing This Article Trying to Find The Willpower to Get Up


The song has sorely missed your voice; make it heard again.
Open your eyes and wake up; you’ll reach winter’s end
After midsummer, dark and cold will creep up once more
Will my voice be enough to quench your soul?
“Strike the beat harder when the taste for music is lacking
Sing the song louder when the weight becomes overbearing”

~ Eventually

The Questions and the Answer

Inspired by Iqbal & Rumi

I. The Questions

How can I withstand this pressure, overwhelming?
Why must I fight myself in this battle unending?
How can I overcome this grief?
Why suffer these pummels of a life so brief?
How can I see hope, when I’m in the dark?
Why break through this scorching cage, when my spirit has lost its spark?

Why cry? These tears are being wasted
How can I deal with my shattered heart? I’m defeated
Why lie? My dark existence has reached its finish
How can I believe that good is yet to come? I can’t wish
Why try? I cannot reason in this noisy tumult
How can I think? Everything is a mystery, finding an answer is difficult

Lo, behold my scars, I am disgraced by all my wars
Oh, I’ve fallen too many times, I achieve nothing with these rhymes
No, I’m trapped, doors closed around me, I’ve nowhere to be, nothing more to see
Go! I have no reason to move on, stop trying, I am gone, un-saveable, my mistakes unforgivable

II. The Answer

Under Earth’s outstanding pressure creates brilliance to be
It is this burning weight that causes the birth of diamonds, rubies
………You are these gems, and their brilliance, too
At gravity’s center atoms clash, a billion years’ strife
A war with oneself is the source of the Sun’s light, nurturing life
………You are my Sun, and my life, too
Your woe is that of the artist’s soul, expressing its sorrow
It is this heartache with which he sculpts his masterpiece for tomorrow
………You are this artist, and his masterpiece, too
This constant pounding pain is the rhythm to survive
A heart beats: “Alive, alive, alive”
………You are this heart, and its beat, too
Only in pure darkness, keepers of light bring out candles fair
Only in hopeless black, their sweetness fills the air
………You are this candle, and its sweetness, too
That warmth is melting the cage of all you feared
This is from you, my sun; your spark left it seared
………You are this scorch, and its courage, too

Your endless tears soften this flame
For your garden’s flowers, they are life-giving rain
………You are a lamenting rain, but this garden, too
Fated it was for your heart to split asunder
Only when the cave’s walls break down, light can enter, full of wonder
………You are broken, but filled with this light, too
Forsaken you were, left in this endless midnight
But the darker sky, the greater starlight
………You are a night sky, but its wishful star, too
Garden’s strive with your light, my Sun, your stellar luminescence
Thorns grow before roses’ bloom; only then, freeing hope’s scents
………You are this sharp flower, but its calm aroma, too
With your heart’s cave finally cracked, the noisy echoes end soon
No, listen more carefully! Birds come to your garden, praising you in tune
………You are these hummingbirds, but their song, too
Need not you think; love overcomes reason
The key to this mystery is your undying kindness within
………You are the question, but the answer, too

The moon, a cold dead rock; with your light reflected, became treasured
Her thousands scars only add to her beauty unmeasured
………Lo, you are the moon, thus, her scars you grew
A young bird falls again and again, before overcoming gravitation
Falling into the abyss, you have grown wings; beyond the Earth is your destination
………Oh, you were the abyss, but you rose, you flew
Doors closed you in because they neared the ground, not needing you to fly
But the walls are broken, the windows open; escape your prison of “How” and “Why”
………No, you were once this prison, now you are free, new
The greatest journey is into yourself; need have you none for reason, merely ornate
The nature of your soul lies beyond heaven’s gates!
………You are a journey, you are the heavens, too
………Go! Discover the universe, in you

~ Umer Amjad

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