The Joy of Sets, by Maurice Devitt


                                                With simple interest

                                                you zero in,

                                                the square root home.

                                                She offers pi

                                                a fraction of her heart,

​​​​                                                   you desire​​​​

                                                the sine of her curves  

                                                – infinity reclining –

                                                the joy of sets.


                                                Prime attraction multiplies


                                                an upward graph

                                                future = XTC

                                                with high probability of success.

                                                A new addition

                                                plan n=3,

                                                normal distribution

                                                for t+7.


                                                A discontinuity,

                                                commitment ¬ =

                                                no proof of love.

                                                She speaks

                                                complex codes

                                                calculates different solutions.

                                                You are discreet

                                                she is discrete, weaves

                                                a matrix of deceit.


                                                The triangle with Pascal

                                                a key factor,

                                                she offers an imaginary number

                                                chaos with  

                                                fractals of love.

                                                   ​​​​ The result

                                                a division of friends and CDs.

                                                When she said forever

                                                how could you know


                                                   she meant forever minus 1.   
Bio –Maurice Devitt
Runner-up in The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition in 2017, he was winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition in 2015 and has been placed or shortlisted in many competitions including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Listowel Collection Competition, Over the Edge New Writer Competition, Cuirt New Writing Award, Cork Literary Review and the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. He has had poems published in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Mexico, Romania, India and Australia, runs the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.


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