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Calculations

“I don’t know what to tell you.
Your daughter doesn’t understand
math. Numbers trouble her, leave
her stuck on ground zero.”

                               Y fueron los mayas
                               quienes imaginaron el cero,
                               un signo para nada, para todo,
                               en sus gran calculaciones.

                Is zero the velvet swoop into dream,
                the loop into plumes of our breath?

“I suggest you encourage languages.
Already she knows a little Spanish,
and you can teach her more of that.
She lives for story time.”

                In the beginning there was nothing.
                Then the green of quetzal wings.

                               Las historias siguen cambiando,
                               sus verdades vigorizadas
                               con cada narración
                               como X x X = X2

Credit


From Boomerang. Copyright © 2009, Bilingual Press / Editorial Bilingüe, Arizona State University.

Author


Brenda Cárdenas

Brenda Cárdenas is the author of Boomerang (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009). She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Date Published: 2016-09-14

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/calculations