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we are born
as identity matrices
[nonzero]
         [nonempty]
a subset
         of the complexity
                  that is the universe
until fate hands us a scalar
from the twin ends of infinity
and we grow in magnitude
to become universes
                  —ourselves

* This, and other poems scribbled during a university linear algebra course taken about a decade ago, can also be found at http://www.sushidog.com/bpss/poems/tupaz.htm.

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