Numbered and lettered genes
listed in thousands of pages.
Increased or decreased risk
for this or that cancer, bone strength.
Three genes say I’m likely
lactose intolerant (I’m not)
and prone to anxiety (I am).
All my genes argue about Parkinson’s
and heart disease and breast cancer,
good and bad, they say, without
any certainty to plan for.
I click to see more and more
until it’s too much information,
too much to take in, still filled
with unknowns, I brought to this
inquiry. Results confirm I’m at risk
for prostate cancer, but seems
to ignore the reality that I don’t have
a prostate. An evident sensitivity
to certain kinds of medicines,
an inclination toward mortality.