Posted in Nature, Science


The scientists started
out with 127 eggs
and only ended
up with 2 monkeys,
meaning their success
rate was only 1.6%.

That’s still astronomically
more efficient than
the war games

of a sperm wandering into a uterus
(or anywhere else it might go)
in the name of a new life

Say we found solutions to biological
issues like [spindle cells], navigated
our way through the complex ethical
implications, and successfully cloned
a human; would your clone
be just like you?

I’m not as concerned
about how my clone looks
different in my re-skinned DNA

as much as I am worried
the clone wouldn’t like the sickly life
as a man-made miracle
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Kourtnie McKenzie holds an MFA (Fiction) from Fresno State and a BA in English (Literature Studies) from Cal State Fullerton. When she isn't writing novellas, she's moonlighting as a professor at Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias. To read more of her writing, visit

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