Intermediate Algebra

it's either all or nothing now
and you only have but a small space
(for me) in your scratch paper

you try to solve everything in a blink
and rush the process
of transposition ― switching me
to the other side
to make me negative (rejection)
and reducing my exponent to one
(so i'm just a unit above being power.l.e.s.s.)

it's all algorithmic, darling
and there are infinite methods
to shatter me into the simplest term
(with all of my unknowns
still kept as the best secrets)

don't think too mathematical now
'cause numbers can be pretty deceiving

(and you still don't know…
i can equate you to zero)