In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, here's a jaunty little rhyme for March. I was once told in a very nice rejection letter that a serious math journal wouldn't publish such doggerel. But that's all right. It was fun to write. Enjoy.
by Bill Kirk
Numbers, Numbers, all around us.
Numbers, numbers, they astound us!
Integers can be quite mental;
Fractions, never transcendental.
Counting numbers may well taunt you.
But ignore them and they'll haunt you!
Adding them to do your sums,
May take fingers, toes and thumbs.
If subtraction is your game,
Minus signs, you'll need to tame.
Try division if you're able.
Multiply? You'll need a table.
Odd times odd is odd, not even.
Odd times even's "even Steven."
Do your tens to reach a million;
Times a thousand is a billion!
When you're counting, don't be frugal.
Who knows? You might reach a googol!
Learning numbers is a quest.
To succeed, just do your best.