Articles by Donovan Baldwin
Literature & FictionFiction, poetry, and literature

NumbersI was cleaning out my shed, and found a bunch of my old notebooks. Apparently, according to this poem I wrote back in 1982, I was able to look at an unbalanced checkbook with a bit of humor.


Numbers and I can never agree,
And logic supposes they are smarter than me.
Two plus two equals four, every time, don't you see?
Even though what I need is a five or a three!

When balancing my checkbook invariably,
I'm bound by the rules, locked in by decree.
I just can't change the numbers to satisfy me,
Though "out" exceeds "in" to quite a degree.

How handy, how dandy, mathematics would be,
If two hundred dollars could be made into three!
But, I can't bend the rules, treat them easy and free,
So numbers and I can never agree.

30 Mar 83 By Donovan Baldwin

About The Author

Donovan Baldwin is a Dallas area poet and author of many articles published online. A University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting, he is a past member of Mensa and has held several managerial positions. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, he became interested in internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He blogs on senior health and fitness at



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Mathematics - An Original Poem by Donovan Baldwin
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