Wednesday 1 September 2010

Bachir Gemayel

What am I?
A body and brain,
Products
Of carbon concatenation chemistry,
An intelligence and conscience
To enable bits of DNA evolve.
I'm someone, anyone;
I might be Bachir Gemayel
Among guns and shells a Maronite;
I might be an Afghan
Between powers a puppet
Pawned in a Great Game;
Weak, then powerful;
Alive, then dead;
Somebody, anybody, nobody.

I might be someone else,
Maybe a pharaoh,
Maybe a dung-beetle,
I might be you,
I might be a third person;
Never more than
A safe conduit for some genes.

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