Hi, team. I'm heading off Tuesday for California, to sing at Consonance (that's at the Newark, CA Hilton, if anybody's interested), and won't be back for a week. So I thought I'd leave you with this piece to chew on for awhile. Enjoy!
by Leslie Fish, © 12/4/08
Looks like a common kitten,
But seen from where I'm sittin'
She's a good bit more than that.
She's a milestone of science,
But a live piece of defiance
Of all we thought we knew of cloning:
Proves that there's much more to growing,
And a lot more that's worth knowing
Than the cloning experts know.
For reality is sloppy;
She's not a perfect copy,
For her donor was a tabby-cat
And she's a calico.
Proves that all the hopes that move 'em
To re-nucleate an ovum
With one from another cell
Are doomed to disappointment.
There's a large fly in the ointment.
Where did that color-gene come from?
Some theoretician's hell!
Serves to warn us to be leery
Of any pretty theory
Whose sole evidence is Math;
For the bumblebee's still flying
For all of Math's denying,
And Nature's sense of humor is
As wicked as her wrath.