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“The Square Root of Three,”a poem by David Feinberg, film “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay”

I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

Has quietly come waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed

About Nayana Nair

Hi, I am Nayana Nair. I'm 25. Just a crazy girl who has tons of things to talk about....not much organized thoughts sadly. I like to talk about everything...mostly..every conversation of mine turns into a monologue.... So I decided I should start writing a blog..rather than chat.... I'm very much passionate about music, psychology and literature.... Moderate interest in science..... I always want to be a writer (and also a teacher)..But I don't think I have the skills required...this blog is just my attempt at becoming the writer I always wanted to be...Blogging for few years, I have realized I am more of a poet (although, I am not sure that I am good enough for that label)...I hope I realize more about myself through writing. Thanks for dropping by!! Hope I didn't disappoint. :)

17 responses »

  1. yaa it’s true
    a person with unsual thoughts and behaviour is not recognised in the society,
    but two maverick persons can join together to make others recognise thier worth
    wese, poem is very nice……….
    and slowly we walk and square root of three are equally good…………..

  2. I like the poem! I’m not a math person but it makes a metaphorical point about being a “square peg in a round hole.”

  3. Nicely done! Don’t try to define your writing style. Poet, writer, artist – we’re all the same.

  4. Very good…Just write if this is what you produce and be proud 🙂 Thank you for the follow 🙂

    • Really glad that you liked this poem 🙂
      But sadly it was not written by me. I heard this in one movie and found it so good, that I had to share it here.
      But I hope one day I write something like this 🙂

  5. The SAT tutor in me had to click on this title. LOVE the poem. Thank you, I had never heard it.

    • Really glad that you liked this poem.
      I heard this poem first time, when I was watching a movie and I was so impressed with how simple and yet how endearing this poem was to my heart.

  6. why squareroot of 3…why not squareroot of 2…can anyone please explain

    • I think I found this poem and created this post around 7 years ago. I am pretty sure that at that time I understood why it is square root 3 rather than of 2. But I am not able to recall the reasoning that I had long ago.

      So I googled it.
      This is what I found for the meaning of this line :

      “A three is all that’s good and right,”

      3 is historically significant number that appears frequently in religion and literature: the Holy Trinity, Great Triad, 3 primary colors, “body/mind/spirit”, The Godfather Trilogy, etc.

      This may explain why 3. But I am sure it was some other reason as well that I am not able able to recall right now. Sorry I was not of much help 🙂


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