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Jerred Jolin, MA
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “This poem explores verbal cognates that have to do with procreation and education. The idea for it came to me during my time as an early interventionist working with young children with developmental delays.”

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Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2012;141(3):822-824. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1123
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Whether erroneous insemination
or intentional
gametes joining is zygote formation.
And the full
of this miracle procreation
occurs when mom’s belly shows signs of
Chapter 1
First is exchanged genetic information
then chromosomal
This starts a single cell’s proliferation
and after nine months of placental
out comes baby thanks to full dilation.
If this baby results from consanguineous hybridization
there’s a chance of visible
For there’s no greater horrification
than a kin sexual
Chapter 2
Following a brief hospitalization
a life is assured of indefinite
Then much to his consternation
begins a neonatal
Most of his time? In a state of prostration
gazing upward to a mobile in a state of
He’s yet to control the salivation
collecting in pools during
Parents gaze with adoration
at his meaningless
Hunger’s set in and there’s need of hydration
plus his diaper is steeped in warm
Soon he’ll learn to control elimination
this milestone marked by
Next? Piaget’s stage of preoperation;
then the faculties for
Chapter 3
Most of his time? For exploration
and the acquisition of skills through
Often are times of confabulation,
interfacing with objects through
Sense is made of mundane variation
due to the brain’s
As located here is the accumulation
of random and selected genetic
But he’s unable to make this realization,
still more concerned with the mechanical
of the mobile above in a state of gyration
trapped in a diaper steeped in warm
Soon the time comes for academic education
in bright new clothes on a bus for
As now his days of relaxation
have met the date of their
Chapter 4
Now’s time to learn, to meet expectations;
to start down the path of a future
In school comes about cognitive transformation
plus protocol for
In math there’s addition, subtraction, multiplication.
Science? A cell’s organelles and their
The proper use of capitalization
comes in English after phys.
But recess is the best, all that socialization;
getting issued demerits for
treating the girls with discrimination;
this time being governed by a
Soon 12 grades end with a graduation.
People offer their
Now it’s time for a new situation:
living alone in
Chapter 5
For fun there’s stuff like inebriation
then liaisons for
It’s important, though, to make preparations
lest there take place erroneous
‘Twas news to him, her time for ovulation
when she called him, concerned, late for
The child? Safe due to an affiliation
with her family’s religious
At first there’s shock while in a state of prostration
he gazes upward, at a fan, in a state of
But he’s to fault for seeking raw penetration
after a night of imbibing
And now the time’s come, Mom’s in full dilation;
Her face? Covered with
The family, outside, waits with anticipation
Eager to greet the next
Chapter 6
The doctor says ‘push’ but she wants medication,
her pain manifest in loud
‘This hurts far more,’ she states in exhalation,
‘Then why I am here: my
‘It’s a boy!’ States the doctor to their elation
as dad stares, reflecting, how his
merged with an egg during ovulation
and then exchanged genetic
before undergoing chromosomal recombination,
that started a single cell’s
catalyzing nine months of placental gestation
plus mom’s belly showing signs of
could lead to this miracle procreation.




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