from Arithmetic by Carl Sandburg
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 numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand
to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer. . . .
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?
Sandburg's complete poem is available here. And this link leads to previous postings in this blog of work by Sandburg that has math connections.