Irrational Obligations

by Sharon Hurlbut

Irrational Obligations

In honor of National Pi Day

Any excuse for a circle,

a way to pinch the day.

They are calling it

something like a celebration

only with bigger words

and too many numbers to count.

We'll have to approximate

the amount of joy

to be found in mathematics,

the number of times

a kid can laugh out loud

at the simplest pun.

It's hard to frown

when the world is round

and full of pie.