Somnus Erat Demonstrandum
Transitive Property of Equality:
If a = b and b = c, then a = c.
Lessons learned from parents –
a string of pearls
passed on from generation
dispensing one bead at a time
lest we become overwhelmed.
Therefore, if wisdom comes with age
and age before beauty,
then wisdom comes before beauty
The Transitive Property of
S.E.D. (Somnus Erat Demonstrandum)
Carpe diem vs. beauty sleep:
to slumber or not to slumber –
“Don’t sleep your life away”,
my father’s dictum
still haunts me with its irony;
having died prematurely,
he now sleeps his life away.
Quod Erat Demonstrandum or QED is Latin for “Which was to be proved”.
It is used at the conclusion of formal math proofs. Somnus is the Latin word for sleep.
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Reprinted with permission. School Me, edited by Catherine Keefe, 29. Rancho Santa Margarita: dirtcakes, 2010. ISBN 978-0-557-93139-2
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Fern G. Z. Carr, a lawyer and teacher, composes poetry in five languages. She has been published extensively world-wide from Finland to New Zealand. The Parliamentary Poet Laureate has selected her poem, “I Am”, as Poem of the Month for Canada. www.ferngzcarr.com