The Golden Ratio

by Donna Isaac

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Spiraling depression was given as the cause
          in the obituary about the lonely boy
                    who finally gave in.

Not the kind of spiral we admire
          like the twirl of a chameleon's tail,
                    a whorl of Romanesco cauliflower,

things with a Fibonacci formula:
          pine cones, sunflowers, and nautilus' shells,
                    but a slow descent, an unfurling,

an unraveling like no other
          until a fall into darkness
                    took it all away,

a paisley of blood on a bed
          where they found him curled up
                    like a baby fast asleep.


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© 2019, Donna Isaac

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