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Carl sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Arithmetic

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your
   head.
Arithmetic tells you how many you lose or win if you know
   how many you had before you lost or won.
Arithmetic is seven eleven all good children go to heaven —or
   five six bundle of sticks.
Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your
   hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.
Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice
   and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky —or
   the answer is wrong and you have to start all over and try
   again and see how it comes out this time.
If you take a number and double it and double it again and
   then double it a few more times, the number gets bigger and
   bigger and goes higher and higher and only arithmetic can
   tell you what the number is when you decide to quit
   doubling.
Arithmetic is where you have to multiply —and you carry the
   multiplication table in your head and hope you won’t lose it.
If you have two animal crackers, one good and one bad, and
   you eat one and a striped zebra with streaks all over him eats
   the other, how many animal crackers will you have if
   somebody offers you five six seven and you say No no no and
   you say Nay nay nay and you say Nix nix nix?
If you ask your mother for one fried egg for breakfast and she
   gives you two fried eggs and you eat both of them, who is
   better in arithmetic, you or your mother?

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