Why so much poverty?

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Angeliki Papadopoulou

When you read the manuscripts
of one forgotten mathematician
you were wondering why he should
for his whole life to live so much poverty?
It was necessary for him to suffer so many years
for one society that rejected him
for one institution that didn't want him
and for the winters that he didn't live.
Now that you will read them again
will you remember what you learnt about him
or will you forget too
so that you won't be bothered by society?

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