Thursday, December 8, 2011

Einstein: General Theory of Tic Tac Toe

Einstein pondering the problem

His personal life was in shambles.
His marriage was a mess.
“My mind, instead of racing, rambles,”
He wrote his Yiddish mistress.

He was hitting the laughing gas hard.
He wasn’t sleeping much either.
Inhaling N2O  by  the yard
Was his idea of a breather.

He was being such a dumb cluck.
He was being such a schmo.
His mistress told him, “Such a schmuck!
Tic Tac Toe? What’s to know?”

Standing at the blackboard, he pondered
The covariant X’s and O’s.
When his mind wandered, he wondered
What, if anything, a schmuck knows.

But stubbornness was his dominant trait—
His sense of destiny his  mission.
He was willing to stand and wait,
To be faithful to his vision.

“Eureka!” he exclaimed one night.
It was better  than sex.
When he finally saw  the light,
It was N2O =X+X+X.

                        Robert Forrey, 2010

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