**Can a Mathematician See Red?**

**Consider the sphere —**

**a hollow rounded surface **

**whose outside points **

**are the very same points**

**insiders see.**

**If red paint spills **

**all over the outside,**

**is the inside red?**

**The mathematician says, No,**

**the layer of paint**

**forms a new sphere**

**that is outside the outside**

**and not a bit inside.**

**A mathematician **

**takes safe pleasure**

**in surface mysteries.**

**A poet **

**sees red**

**inside.**

**This poem and others of JoAnne Growney’s “mathematical” poems are available in My Dance is Mathematics, published in 2006 by Paper Kite Press.**