Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 11, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: My Son Asks Me

by Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1956).

My Young Son Asks Me

My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics?
What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces
Of bread are more than one’s about all you’ll end up with.
My young son asks me: Must I learn French?
What is the use, I feel like saying. This State’s collapsing.
And if you just rub your belly with your hand and
Groan, you’ll be understood with little trouble.
My young son asks me: Must I learn history?
What is the use, I feel like saying. Learn to stick
Your head in the earth, and maybe you’ll still survive.

Yes, learn mathematics, I tell him.
Learn your French, learn your history!

Notes:
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/brecht.htm
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAbrecht.htm

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