(Author's note: This poem is so fabulous when the mathematical words are are actual math signs. But FictionPress won't let them show up. So this is the unfabulous version. I'm sorry.)

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An Advanced Equation (Solve for x.)

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x plus y equals z,

If y equals you and x equals me.

Where z stands for love,

A million times and above,

x plus y equals z.

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But what if y equals 0?

Then x, our forlorn little hero,

Cannot equal z all alone,

Without y's number to add to her own,

So y does not equal z.

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What if c joins the equation?

She and y have a relation.

There's too much of a crowd,

Three numbers just aren't allowed

And the equation does not equal z.

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But subtract c from both parts

and I know in my heart,

x and y will still equal z.

z all alone, not divided in three.

Yes, x plus y equals z.

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I've tried to add x plus b.

Tried q and r and 3 times t.

But x is so damn precise.

She won't go for anyone nice.

She'll let only y give her z.

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Now try and solve for this letter,

I'm sure you won't do any better.

Yes, x must be unknown,

For my hard work has shown,

That x without y is merely a letter.

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All I can figure, all I can find,

Is x z but minus that y.

x defined by lack of another.

x equals love— less a lover.

x equals z minus y.

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If I just knew x's number,

And y would show his true colors,

I'd add their souls on line paper,

Keep them right there for forever,

Writing: "x plus y equals z!"

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Think how happy we'd be,

Shouting, "x plus y equals z!"

But no, no more symbols,

No more stupid x-variables,

Just love equals you plus me.