Number - Poem by Leila Samarrai
In the beginning there was a number and it created harmony
Compacted into 10 heavenly veins.
To him the music – owes.
To him – love owes.
To him – the truth owes.
Each idol in the head– to him the Holy owes.
The Number feeds the Ethiopian children with monads in the midst of Green Africa
Cele-kula (this you must have known!) is built of Numbers,
It is rolled by children down elysian fields of the Righteous
Number rules as well over the body of Osiris,
The Number testified about remaining loaves
On the bodies of hunchbacks and the poor
Which like dark figures of Calais await the whirlwind of Justice
To banish them from the asylum of Doubt.
Number knows of tomorrows and of yesterdays
Number knows who you are, and who am I.
The Number traverses the army of armies of Amen of Libya
While the sheep bleat and search for wolves.
The army hesitates
And swimmers hesitate
Оh, my geometric sea.
THE CHOIR OF IDEALISTS:
О, Pythagorean triad, show yourself!
Who are you?
What are you?
Have you impoverished for us?
Have you thrown away all your mo – Hopes?
I came to you as a golden calf and you did not recognize me!
There would be no Hymns of the Nile without – Number,
The Colossus of Rhodes would not be without– Number,
Spartacus, yet him, Liberal, not without the – number!
A number, it is the bald, mad poets
And cotter bolts!
Silly, mad, those crazier, the craziest and… Preludes!
Number – arose from Earth for Saturn.
Fell from heavens for Thoth.
CHOIR OF MATERIALISTS:
Take us to the Grand Cut – to tailor holy dresses the day before the Holy day:
For emperors, and their wet nurses
Once again for wet nurses
For shahs, patricians,
Eagles of gold, aghas, tarragons
And other Proposers?
Number – it is harmony, king and cage for verses.
Even some Jacobite is a Number – scarecrow for the Girondist.
And pipsqueak, of course, Antic C. Ма(n) sоn from feces of the Greek revolution.
Number, those are all beginnings
The golden section of time in caves
Number, those are all rejected kisses,
Number – measure of doubtfulness and laughter of the insane paladin,
A tucked in courtesan.
Go to the temple of Eros so they shoot an arrow to your chest.
Let all Lunacies fall in love with you
And lunacy enamored to create itself anew within you
And crazy Eros will look at you
Will take out the heart from the womb of the ideal Semele
Shot, walk down the shores of the Peruvian sea
That is how freedom from the Number is deceitfully summed!
Do not envision the Number divided (do not even think about a fraction)
Remember the ten, with a laugh.
That is how Pythagoras counted as well
Counted all the way to ten
And ten shores
And ten dreams
And ten bridges
And ten lunatics
– Pythagoras finishes;
Forbidden to dip horse bean into the number.
I am Etalides and I have been in… in… plants.
I am Pyrrhus and I sojourned inside the rotten womb of gluttonous emperors.
I am Euphorb and I blinded Homer
Because into the Number much like the Sun you cannot gaze long.
I murdered Achilles,
Tarried within Paris,
I cannot claim I have not within you as well.
And the divers keenly look for him,
Beneath the surface are the sunken ships
Carcasses of Hyperborea
Colonnade of martyrs
„The Number, those are all heavens” – calculated Pythagoras
and discovered the golden thigh in the Theater.
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