Worn Genes by Teresa Ann Frazee


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Post February 15, 2011, 04:51:33 PM

Worn Genes by Teresa Ann Frazee

A friend and I were recently discussing people's likely-hood towards telling lies. This poem has an interesting view of the eternal question: why do people lie. The author's perspective is that we, as humans, perhaps as animals, are 'designed to deceive'. Although I would insist that Adam lied just as quickly, deception must indeed be something intrensic in our nature, something that enables us to reproduce and evolve. "Turmoil is our matriarch" - and our patriarch as well, I'm sure. As marrow intrudes the bone, says the author, so sin is part of our very core. I like sin. Nicely done, Teresa.
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Post February 17, 2011, 08:25:03 PM

Re: Worn Genes by Teresa Ann Frazee

bottomdweller wrote:Although I would insist that Adam lied just as quickly, deception must indeed be something intrinsic [sic] in our nature, something that enables us to reproduce and evolve.


I might agree, except I feel the salient message of this piece is:

Weaned off hope
With paranoiac views
Bid on forgiveness
With signed IOU’s


And that means it's not part of our genetic makeup as much as it is our socialization.

Let's face it, we mostly (and I mean mostly) start with a clean slate.

Almost everything else that makes me, me, is taught.

Everything from liking girls to speaking my mind even when it's not convenient.

Taught.

Almost the same things as genes, but not quite.

Raised by aliens, we'd all be very different folks. Different prejudices, different mores.

Go figure.


bottomdweller wrote:I like sin. Nicely done, Teresa.


I'm very fond of sin, myself. I especially like the fornication thing, but that's just me.

Very thought-provoking, Teresa.

Good job.

Bill Wolfe
"I am Susan Ivanova. . . .I am the Right Hand of Vengence. . .I am Death Incarnate, and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me."

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