Family mathematics

By | 1 August 2021

ii. The golden ratio

look at the continued fraction
for phi, the golden ratio

all those ones
ones upon ones

ones to infinity
each one of us

a product of him
he wanted to see in us

his imagined perfection
his likely imagined genius IQ

that day in the kitchen he lined us up
cupped our foreheads

one by one
explained that this inherited curve

denoted a first-rate intellect
no room for fallibility, failure

none for the ordinary
defects of flesh and blood

which did not reflect him
so great his need to be golden

he’d have us silvered
like mirrors

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