The Biology Of Poetry

, | Learning | August 19, 2014

(My friend and I are in biology class, texting each other. We’re reviewing electrophoresis, a process that’s used to separate DNA fragments. It was also an answer to a question on one of our tests that I completely forgot while I was writing it.)

Friend: “‘Electropho-I-don’t-know’…”

Me: “I believe what I wrote on the test was ‘electrosomething? How did I forget this? I’m so sorry’.”

Friend: “But electropho-I-don’t-know rhymes, though.”

Me: “We’re not writing slam poetry. It’s bio.”

(He doesn’t respond for a minute or two, and I look over to his desk to see him typing something long.)

Me: “Are you writing a slam poem? Because I swear to god—”

Friend: “Electropho-I don’t know. The smaller ones go fast, while larger goes slow. Why does it do that? I still don’t know. Bio is memorization. It ain’t a huge organization. You got primase, ligase, and polymerase. You just gotta know what the DNA wants to do those days…”

Me: “I cannot believe you…”

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