
Nichita Stănescu
Another kind of Mathematics We know that one times one is one, but an unicorn times a pear have no idea what it is. We know that five minus four is one but a cloud minus a sailboat have no idea what it is. We know that eight divided by eight is one, but a mountain divided by a goat have no idea what it is. We know that one plus one is two, but me and you, oh, we have no idea what it is. Oh, but a comforter times a rabbit is a redheaded one of course, a cabbage divided by a flag is a pig, a horse minus a streetcar is an angel, a cauliflower plus an egg is an astragalus. Only you and me multiplied and divided added and substracted remain the same... Vanish from my mind! Come back in my heart! english translation by George Mustea Poetry page 