Denis Mair Poems
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Original Soup Of Life
Tell me, how can six feet of DNA get wound up inside a nucleus that is measured in microns?
How can so much thread get unspooled without tangling? And how does it get wound up again like a hawser?
How does DNA in a chromosome get so packed into coils and supercoils that it becomes a big biocrystal?
When the cell needs a certain segment of coding, how does the double helix unzip to the right place?
Before the cell divides, the DNA must be copied. How can the helix possibly unwind at 100 rpm during the duplication?
When the cell is ready to divide, what ...
Thought-farmer keeps many aquaculture tanks,
Draws water from his own well to fill them,
He pours in his tinctures and starters
Ladles liquids to keep the level constant.
In one tank grows a patient corner piece
In another a window frame opens its eye,
One has shingles willing to overlap against weather,
In one are hinges that only love to swing.