Works of fiction and poetry by friends of Bamboo Ridge Press.


Mr. Peacock was born on an island and continues the tradition living in Maui, Hawaii. Decades were spent living on a secluded O'ahu, Hawai'i beach, surfing, mountain biking, glider flying and throwing beach parties people still talk about - all in the name of research. When he had to work it was stints at the Honolulu, Kahului and Kapalua airports, drone filmmaker, and ice cream tester.

My Life as a Fraction

Published by EVERETT PEACOCK | Friday, March 09, 2018 12:01 AM

It's all about equality.

“My Life as a Fraction”

Fraction: “I tell you, it’s hard being 9/2 (that’s 9 over 2) because everyone is always trying to convert you. I mean, I don’t want to be a Mixed Number, I want to be myself. Some people even go so far as to call me 4 and one half!!! Can you imagine that? Once, when I was traveling in a foreign country some people pointed and told their children, "there goes a 4 point 5".

Interviewer: “But, don’t you feel so, well, I don’t know. I’m looking for the word, let me see, oh yes - complex?”

Fraction: “Hey, my parts may always be equal to the whole, but I always feel like I can be whatever I want.”

Interviewer: “What? How could you be something other than an unsimplified complex fraction?”

Fraction: “Dude, DUDE, don’t you see the cosmic beauty in it all? I can be 2 ¼ plus 2 ¼. Can you imagine that? I can be two equal parts!”

Interviewer: “Wow! That is quite amazing. It’s like you’re twins or something.”

Fraction: “Oh yeah, baby! I can even be Triplets. That’s right: 1 ½, plus 1 ½, plus another 1 ½. “

Interviewer: “I don’t know how you do that! It’s like you’re smaller but there are more of you?”

Fraction: “Indeed! I can be many things. In fact, there is probably an INFINITE amount of combinations that I can take. I’m like a ShapeShifter.”

Interviewer: “I get it now. You could even be 1 plus 2 plus 1 plus ½. Or, 3 plus 1 plus ¼ plus ¼. You sure are flexible!”

Fraction: “It’s all about equality dude! You just need to put that equals sign, =, in between all my variations.”

Interviewer: “So, that sounds pretty cool. You can be whatever you want, as long as it is equivalent?”

Fraction: “You got it! Anyone can be whatever they want, but they are always themself.”


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