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Imaginary Numbers in a Real Garden

Given: one bold mathematician.

Uncertain of his own position.

he drew two lines and at their joint.

where angels danced, he made his .

Then reached into the void and caught

the faceless essence of the 0,

and taught us not to fear ,

but worship his serene divinity,

whose sacraments at first seem pale;

yet if men hunger for a Grail,

they still may seek, beyond the sun,

the rare √-1.

Gerald Jonas, F&SF Apr 1965