The origins of intelligence polarise defiantly
nature or nurture,
inheritance or investment?
Does education amplify pre-recorded soundtrack
or environment write brilliant original score.
At university concepts somersault on high wire theory
linear algebra, integral calculus, wave mechanics
the behaviour of x-rays bent by crystal geometry
most slink away
few, very few trapeze giddily – no net.
Such people will never know mystery
for them there is no magic
cigarette lighter is engineering, never fire.
Shepherded into special enclaves
they advanced from the retreating mass
of greater density.
Envy would sometimes wish, then sigh, knowing
Cinderella has no place at this ball.
Princes and princesses waltzed at high court
married consorts of tenure, and were gone.