Gerrit Achterberg

A Small Cabala For Children

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4 is squarely masculine
and 3 round and feminine
9 is distant and out-of-sight
of 6 more of the light
7 stands apart
against its stick so hard.

Probably a saint is he
so nothing to fear have we
8 has two zeros one above the other
just laugh just laugh
5 is an old hag
with on her body not even a bag.

2 is happy and whitish
a fair child of about 20
1 is completely alone
but marries later all 10
10
it remains to be seen.

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