Peggy Sue, delightfully played by Turner, attends her high school reunion. An uncomfortable encounter causes her to faint and triggers a journey back to her high school self. It's a funny and poignant film, and has some great lines. One of which is spoken in Peggy Sue's math class. "I happen to know that in the future I will not have the slightest use for algebra, and I speak from experience."
Math always get a bad rap! And so, I have made this tenuous link to Poetry Friday!
The Sand AltarI wonder if Amy Lowell would have liked Peggy Sue Got Married? I think Peggy Sue would have liked Amy Lowell.
by Amy Lowell
With a red grain and a blue grain, placed in precisely
the proper positions, I made a beautiful god, with
plumes of yard-long feathers and a swivel eye.
And with a red grain and a blue grain, placed in pre-
cisely the proper positions, I made a dragon, with
scaly wings and a curling, iniquitous tail.
Then I reflected:
If, with the same materials, I can make both god and
dragon, of what use is the higher mathematics?
Having said this, I went outdoors and stood under a tree
and listened to the frogs singing their evening songs
in the green darkness.
from Amy Lowell: Selected Poems, edited by Honor Moore [The Library of America, 2004]
Toby Speed is hosting this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up at The Writer's Armchair.