Forest of numbers


Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 – 1936)



opens up, fanlike

red yellow green.

In the forest of numbers

a little girl lost

‘s got closed eyes

four? five? seven?

Each number’s enclosing

a bird or a snake.

Yes says the four

No says the twenty.

On a sky ruled by chance

the little girl’s finger

pins up her star – 

most rich present.


Fan“, a poem from “Suites – Wheels of Fortune“, Federico García Lorca

In his characteristic, highly symbolic and melodious language, Lorca inevitably involves numbers that come to life in this tiny fairy tale about chance and destiny. “Suites“, a poem series written early in Lorca’s career, largely consists of poems that remained unpublished during the poet’s life and were collected later from his notebooks.