# Carl Sandburg

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# Arithmetic

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

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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• Gage Stewart (3/8/2020 8:21:00 PM)

This poem is awesome, using it for my 5th grade speech meet. Way to go Sandburg, Carl

• Mhshshs (2/18/2020 2:55:00 PM)

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• Bigboi the III (2/18/2020 2:53:00 PM)

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• Billy Charles Frank McFarllin (2/18/2020 2:52:00 PM)

This poem is bad. I don’t like it. 🤮

• Billy Charles Frank McFarlin (2/18/2020 2:50:00 PM)

Totally agreee. This peom is garbage dooky trash

• Patricc (2/18/2020 9:14:00 AM)

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Charles Billy Frank McFarllin(2/18/2020 2:54:00 PM)

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Billy Charles Frank McFarlin(2/18/2020 2:49:00 PM)

Totally agreee dog

• Shaun Cronick (2/2/2020 7:43:00 AM)

Car, l maybe the mother was deaf and what did the eggs taste like?
Were they sunny-side up or down, greasy and cold, runny or hard?
A good poem you can count on. Sleep well Carl.

• Anonymous (12/31/2018 2:50:00 PM)

I’m in 5th grade and I picked this poem to memorize. It’s a little hard to memorize, but it’s so witty and clever.

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• Allen Basom (3/14/2018 12:06:00 PM)

I'm so happy I found this poem. My grandmother had typed a copy for me when I was in grade school, but I lost it. I've spend years and years racking my brain trying to remember just a little bit of the poem to search for it and now I've finally found it!

Urukalo(2/18/2019 7:06:00 AM)

That's so sweet and awesome! Good 4 U!

• Rajnish Manga (11/14/2016 12:15:00 PM)

Lovely poem. Enjoyed it thoroughly, though I have always been scared of the subject in school. Thanks for sharing.

• Ratnakar Mandlik (11/14/2016 10:59:00 AM)

A beautifully envisioned humorous elaboration of the sweep of an otherwise boring yet most essential subject. Thanks for sharing.

• M Asim Nehal (11/14/2016 6:28:00 AM)

A humorous poem on arithmetics, really enjoyable.10

• Edward Kofi Louis (11/14/2016 4:35:00 AM)

Out of your head! ! With the muse of calculation. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

• Indira Renganathan (11/14/2016 1:18:00 AM)

Funny and interesting calculation of arithmetic....good poem indeed- 10

• Bernard F. Asuncion (11/14/2016 1:15:00 AM)

Very nice poem! ! ! ! ! .......
Thanks for sharing.........................

• Paul Amrod (12/5/2015 4:17:00 AM)

Hi Marj, This is especially an answer to the wish of Marj. This poem is filled with American anachronisms. Various events which are recognized as happenings or feelings someone has or experiences. I am not a literary buff however I feel the member Daniel Brick would be better to ask. He is highly versed and has a wonderful manner of expressing his explanations and is simply better qualified than myself. Greetings, Paul

• Marj Ken (12/4/2015 9:22:00 PM)

• Kinyua Karanja (9/30/2015 3:22:00 AM)

Awesome poem, I always hated anything to do with arithmetic but i have seen them in different light.

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