After Kolora et al.’s 2021 Science article
So much to learn from finned, scaly creatures
barely sinking above the ocean floor. If we
fillet our genes, dissect our skins wrinkling wet,
hone in on our brittle vertebrae, you can see that
this is our origin. Everything hinges on time, so
we investigate how long the rockfish lives. Bestow
names to differentiate the ones that live barely
a decade, while others survive for centuries.
The idiosyncrasies found in unraveling
genomes, quest for youth and life. We map to
journey into genetic codes, puzzling through
evolutionary trees, battling ancestral instinct,
triumphing into pathways. Sugar intake, hunger
receptors regulating the rise and fall of our
ribs, beating of our hearts, quivering neuroreceptors.
Adventuring in questions, converging on
time, sliding past into the future. My diet
evolves as I age into this body towards
seafood, including white fish. The same
rockfish we study, so too do we ingest.
Who is to say what more there is to be gained
from our fellow gilled ancestors dwelling
throughout the seven seas.