Fall 1993 • Vol. XV No. 4 Science, Science Fiction and PoetryOctober 1, 1993 |

DNA, or, the Legend of My Grandfather

A molecule that craves its own embrace Encodes a message from my ancestors: Survival means eternal life. Restored As though he were alive again, my face Seems more my grandfather's than mine. I search The contours of my jaws for what he'd say—In tissue overlying bone, nucle- Ic acids fast unzipped to base-pairs (matchedIn stews primordial) give rise to cells, Retell their ageless story. Cartilage Is synthesized; I have no heritage Except the mitochondria which mill About the cytoplasm, full of sparks—I am consumed by my autolysins Yet constantly rebuilt by selfish genes, Become my grandfather who killed a shark.

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