A Sunday Poem — “Roots”

 

Ancestry

offers a new service.

 

Analysing my DNA, they will

uncover my ethnic mix,

discover distant relatives,

find new details about my family history.

 

Satisfied customers see themselves in a

whole new way.

 

This guy is confirmed to be of

Irish, Scandinavian, Western European, and British

origin.

 

He is smiling; proud to know his

breed.

 

I’ll skip this opportunity.

I already know my genetic makeup:

ninety-eight percent

chimpanzee.

 

(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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