Genes Vary

First day out

he was struck dead by the sunlight.

It is often the ostensibly innocuous that is most dangerous,

that unexpected variations on themes

we thought we knew so well are those

that manage to do us in.

Too much noise, too much clutter.

They were his last words.

In extreme cases we should

leave well enough alone.

Ammonites learned this to their dereliction.

Be attentive to our Administration’s fate in the Near East,

the contrast between fitness and incompetence.

That is why evolution moves so slow.