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Love Arithmetic

Ah, the art of love arithmetic!
Tricky problems are hard to solve:
All we see is encrypted pages,
And some pages are blank at all.
If we only could have a sneak peek
At the answers, and get top marks!..
But as hard as we tried, we succeeded
Just to smudge ink with no luck.
Please do help me, my gifted master,
Give me few tried and tested tips!
But I know that you would answer:
“Be prepared to bear hardships!”
So I sit with my head bowed low,
Now ‘nd again picking up the ink pen…
A solution was laughably close,
Yet we weren’t amused in the end.