Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Copy-Paste Errors"

This poem came out of the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "losing" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest.

Warning: This poem discusses serious diseases. If that's squicky for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.


"Copy-Paste Errors"


DNA is a program,
a little more complex
than ones and zeros:

cytosine, guanine,
adenine, and thymine
ladder their way to eternity.

Life begets life, but sometimes
there's a glitch in the system.

So many diseases begin
as a copy-paste error:

a little dyslexic reversal of
the letters, and off becomes on,
on becomes off, and chaos ensues.

Arthritis is a slow loss of lubricant,
swelling and stiffening the joints.

Osteoporosis is a failure of filing,
the calcium not put where it belongs.

Cancer is the ultimate copy-paste error,
one misplaced closure creating an infinite loop:

Ok
10 print "cell"
20 goto 10
run

cell cell cell cell cell
cell cell cell cell cell
cell cell cell cell cell
cell cell cell cell cell
cell cell cell cell cell

...


* * *

Notes:

DNA is basically a biological computer written in quaternary code.

This Basic program prints a word or phrase over and over again.
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