## Arithmetic – by Carl Sandburg

March 6, 2010 by goldstudentcom

Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your

head.

Arithmetic tell 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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