DNA

A poem warning of the dangers of ancestry testing & the consequent risk of ill-founded doubt

(with thanks to Sylvia Plath)

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Daddy give me a break
Won't you?
Daddy what will it take
For you
To see
That I am a part of you?
What do you see when you see me
Daddy?
Is there any way you can free me
Daddy?
From you
And all that has come from you?
I never thought Mummy would stray
Daddy
The phenotype is a giveaway
Daddy
Your DNA
Was to blame, don't you think?
Daddy this gives you a thrill
I see
Daddy who will you kill?
Not she.
Is there 
Someone you think it could be?
You told me it’s all a big hoax
Daddy
That my genes come from the Big Smoke
Daddy
So what
Can be bothering you?
Do you want me to be unique
Daddy?
Does doubt give you all that you seek
Daddy?
Just know
I am perfectly me.

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