Monday, September 24, 2012

tango bravo alpha (poem 20/30)

little anthony taught himself morse code
and the NATO phonetic alphabet

in preparation for an alien invasion
like the one he saw on the television

he converted his multiplication table index cards
to new symbols and methods of communicating

he packed an emergency back pack
and kept it stocked with the best survival tools

but when it came time for his maths test
he couldn't remember, or figure out, the answer

to 4 x 7 and wondered how important math would be
if he ever had to fly a plane or helicopter

in guessing it might be, little anthony
reapplied himself to multiplication

but gave all his answers in arabic, chinese,
and roman numeral answers.

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