Excerpt from Ancestry by Fred LaMotte

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My DNA results came in.
Just as I suspected, my great great grandfather
was a monarch butterfly.
Much of who I am is still wriggling under a stone.
I am part larva, but part hummingbird too.
There is dinosaur tar in my bone marrow.
My golden hair sprang out of a meadow in Palestine.
Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,
but I didn’t get his dimples.
My loins are loaded with banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,
but I descended from Ravanna, not Ram.
My uncle is a mastodon.
There are traces of white people in my saliva.
3.7 billion years ago I swirled in hydrogen dust,
dreaming of a planet overgrown with lingams and yonis.

Fred LamotteFRED LAMOTTE is an interfaith college chaplain and instructor in World Religions who has published two volumes of poems with Saint Julian Press. He lives near Seattle WA with his wife Anna and golden poodle, Willy.

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