Ambition, distraction, uglification and derision

While grading homework for my Dynamical Systems class — an assignment that admittedly involved quite  a number of involved calculations involving complex-matrix eliminations and the computation of Jordan bases — I found this hastily inscribed on the back of one of the problem sets:

I hate arithmetic!
It really makes me mad
Because I get the answer wrong
Every time I add.

I hate arithmetic!
It really chaps my ass
Because I have to do it right
If I want to pass.

I hate arithmetic!
I think it hates me!
Too bad I’m a math major
‘Cause I’m crazy now, you see.

So while I’m apparently not inspiring a profound appreciation for systems of differential equations, I am inspiring poetry, so that’s got to count for something.

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