Poetry and Epidemiology
With panoramic view you study scenes
of common people trying to distill
the hidden liquid essence of their genes,
accounting for their tendency to spill
the truth to their descendants. Who will stand
the test that they are lying? Who will leak
a story that is strong or pale and bland
of secrets that are straight and yet oblique?
You estimate your risks with confidence
addressing larger questions when you frame
confounded tests of great significance:
Why people are the people they became.
Regardless of what answers you may see,
the question is: To P, or not to P.
—Rolv T. Lie