poet Paul Butters

Paul Butters

Frenetic Genetics

Genetic engineering’s here to stay
Possibilities are endless, scientists say:
Men mixed with anything we can find:
Oak trees, wasps, ants and elephants combined.
Satanic horror armies sweep their enemies away
And Frankenstein’s monster’s but child’s play
Compared with these.

Yet with Good intent,
And wisdom heaven sent,
Utopia or Paradise could be on its way:
Bumper bug-free harvests every day,
Giant fruit and docile, friendly beasts.
Food for all, and endless feasts.

All manner of
Good
Or Evil
Is within
Our grasp.

It’s down to us.


(W) and(C) 26\4\2008.

Topic(s) of this poem: future, nature, science

Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Poem Edited: Monday, August 10, 2015

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Once I wrote an optimistic poem about genetic engineering, but then I thought better of it... First read of crossing an oak tree with a man at school around 1968.

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  • Paul ButtersPaul Butters (11/28/2013 2:44:00 PM)

    Sorry folks - somehow when I copy and paste the address of Ellen the Geneticist a space appears after the http: but once you correct it you can view that poem too.

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  • Paul ButtersPaul Butters (11/28/2013 2:38:00 PM)

    Like Ellen the Geneticist. Even quirkier than mine but on much the same topic. The correct web address is: http: //egobeagle.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/its-always-christmas-in-mountains.html

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  • G. E. W. (1/28/2010 8:30:00 PM)

    Hi Paul, this is a great poem. Check out this poem by Ted Huge about Ellen the Geneticist: http: //egobeagle.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-always-christmas-in-mountains.html

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  • Coach Roth (4/28/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    We have nothing to fear, but fear itself...and you capture the debate very eloquently...frenetic genetics indeed...Coach

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  • Ernestine NorthoverErnestine Northover (4/26/2008 4:42:00 PM)

    Yes indeed I agree. Very well produced write and a thought provoking piece of poetry. Excellent.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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