Sunday, May 13, 2007

POEM - Gene Therapy

Chemotherapy actually changes a person’s DNA
This explains why a friend’s hair
Is straight, thin and blonde before
The breast cancer diagnosis,
But is thick, brown, curly like an impasto painting afterward.

That our DNA can be changed in midlife
Comforts me somewhat.

Perhaps, it could be used to make me taller,
And look a bit more like George Clooney,
Or croon more like Frank Sinatra.

But there are limits everywhere –
Even to the miracles of altered genes.


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