Panagrolaimus kolymaenis

regarding the specimen, recently found in Siberia

Jane Blanchard


For forty-thousand years and more,
this roundworm had to stay
as celibate as monks of yore
or nuns of yesterday.

At last removed from permafrost
into a Petri dish,
it made up for the eons lost
by going with one wish.

Producing offspring on its own
through lots of solo sex,
it saw them get to be lab-grown
sans partner, spouse, or ex.

Jane Blanchard

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