# Two Poems for Science

by Silviana Amethyst

read at the 2018 Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry at the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire.

## deforming through life

walk, step by step, attempting to predict one, two

five, eight. then, off by a little.

kind of lost, but the path must be close by.

look around, are friends near? no eyes to

be seen, just jays, and square roots of -1.

a quick correction

back up onto the ridge

down was a slippery slope into a gulch

of incredible inaccuracy

with condition numbers on the order of

the pleasantness of the sun's rays on the

hottest days of summer

another step

there's a mountain on the left

as we speed by, guided by

green and white sans serif

and that nagging sense that

something just beyond belief

is destined to happen over

the course of my lifetime.

in the endgame, a spider web, a subtle manoevre

a possible tracking backwards

to all the startpoints i'll never experience

## cateryx

under the adjoint tangential cateryx, there is a centipede the size of an asteroid.

it is holding a fan, smoothly interpolating between the constant sections of

the solution to a PDE with a shock, which is capable of not only dislocating

your second derivative, but also of solving the everlasting and eternal problem

of the energetic free minimum of the integral of your net rate of decay.

ergo, my nullspace, wrt some unmentionable nonlinear transformation,

is equivalent to the set of branch points of

the critical 3-fold of

the critical surface of

the critical curve of

the critical points of

an arbitrary function of time.