The admirable number pi:
three point one four one
All the following digits are also just a start,
five nine two
because it never ends.
It can't be grasped, six five three five
, at a glance,
, by calculation,
, through imagination,
or even three two three eight
in jest, or by comparison
two six four three
in the world.
The longest snake on earth ends at thirty-odd feet.
Same goes for fairy tale snakes, though they make it a little longer.
The caravan of digits that is pi
does not stop at the edge of the page,
but runs off the table and into the air,
over the wall, a leaf, a bird's nest, the clouds, straight into the sky,
through all the bloatedness and bottomlessness.
Oh how short, all but mouse-like is the comet's tail!
How frail is a ray of starlight, bending in any old space!
Meanwhile two three fifteen three hundred nineteen
my phone number your shirt size
the year nineteen hundred and seventy-three sixth floor
number of inhabitants sixty-five cents
hip measurement two fingers a charade and a code,
in which we find how blithe the trostle sings!
and please remain calm,
and heaven and earth shall pass away,
but not pi, that won't happen,
it still has an okay five
and quite a fine eight
and all but final seven
prodding and prodding a plodding eternity
Translated by Joanna Trzeciak
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