They were a hyper family of American nouveau riche

who read astrological charts daily, gambled

& otherwise commanded their numerological niche.

The counted the vegetables in the Tyson hotpots

they ate when everyone was home from work.

They consulted lunar calendars & counted

the steps to the bus stops. A collective alexia

kept them from humanist pursuits. Their alexia

applied to all texts, making them more fit

for financial pursuits, where the counting remained

in the head. They owned numerous factories

& paid their workers wages on a nutritive ratio.