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Sept. 16, College Courtyard Morning

by April Ardis Anderson
The church bells swallow the autumn noon ruckus
With their bold bronze proclamation.
The college din is perfumed with smoke
And cheap dollar store cologne.
The walks are stained with crisply defined shadows
Hiding the scars of coffee and chewing gum.
I wait in silent disheveledness
For him
Due to wind.
He's late
So I ponder a morning of genetics:
"You could give birth to your grandmother."
"You could eliminate disease and disability."
"You could pick a child's appearance, intelligence, and gender."
Horror stories of modern science?
All true.
Children of the future could be genetically superior
If not for ethical opposition.
Science fiction is now
And he's late.

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