Addition My father taught me about numbers, How to carry forward What had grown too large for its column Add the 5 to the 7 Carry forward the 10 Leaving only a 2. It is like that, Taking all you've come through, Combining everything gathered and lost, Add to the sum a little kindness For doing the best you could With what you knew at the time. Tally up all the fives and sevens, All the sixes and fours, All that came up odd or even, Then carry forward Your expanded self Which has grown beyond the limits Of the first container. From

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