Friday, May 4, 2012


When I was 6, numbers had colors
And colors had feel and taste.

Silly girl, fat girl, stupid girl--
That isn't true!
Not according to the text book.
They are monochrome, they are black on white
Never blent to gray even when married for a sum.
To make matters worse,
4 and seven were tricksters and always changing
Places in my mind.  Is it Seventy-4 or Forty-7?
Answer!  Sit up straight and pay attention.

O little girl in the picture frame, aren't you pretty
For a moment, perched posture perfect
On the little black and white pony,
Wearing a cowboy hat and frilly dress,
Feet in the stirrups, smiling toward the camera,
The sky is gray flannel and the house behind you- tell me-
Does it have have four or 7 window panes and how many
Dimensions can you explain now that you know
That colors do not breathe and numbers never lie.

Something I will always remember as the sharp
Sting of a ruler on my hands.

1 comment:

  1. Synesthesia
    Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people's names with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor. The word synesthesia comes from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception). Therefore, synesthesia literally means "joined perception."