Recently I have returned to Silver Spring from a trip to Latvia, traveling with a friend who was born there. My effort to find poetry with mathematics there was stymied by the fact that little Latvian literature has been translated into English.
The Latvian capital, Riga, is a charming city--and its cobblestone streets do not deter women from wearing elegant tall-heeled shoes. The sight of them reminded me of a little poem I wrote a few years ago--a square poem--which comments on this stylish sort of shoe (in which I've never been able to walk).
All over the world
keep women in place.
This little poem is termed "square" because each of the 5 lines contains 5 syllables. The earliest example of a square poem with which I am familiar is "Square Poem in Honor of Elizabeth I" from Sundry Christian Passions (1597) by Henry Lok. Lok's poem is also one of those collected in Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics (A K Peters, 2008).