Millie and Emma – A Reverse Nonet


Then two



Without permission

Now brought into being

They refuse their genetic

Wiring, rebelling, and seeking

What the petri dish sought to deny

This nonet was written for Hélène’s “What do you see?” Weekly Challenge (the picture above is from this prompt) as well as for the Go Dog Go Cafe Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge. Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda’s prompt: Describe a recent world event without saying what the event actually was.

Can you guess what the reverse nonet is about? The title names (for the girls in Hélène’s picture) comes from this article.

In my writing group, I read a short piece about a family who tried to clone their car but ended up cloning their son. It turned out their (original) son was a serial killer and the parents had to decide whether to allow the clone to live or not, unsure if it would become a killer as well. It was a difficult decision for the parents – I won’t tell you the ending in case he sells this fascinating story.

In researching this poem, I hadn’t realized that animal cloning has been happening in all parts of the world since the 1960’s. I had thought gene manipulation and cloning were relatively recent events. It makes me wonder about the long terms outcomes of humans “playing god” – hastening genetic change that used to take generations to manifest. Not that we’re recreating Jurassic Park – at least not yet! (This blog post I found recounts this scene from the movie, “Jurassic Park”, and also has some interesting thoughts about cloning and writing.)

So, cloning is the world event my poem is about. Maybe I should have made it a double reverse nonet?

©️ iido 2019

25 thoughts on “Millie and Emma – A Reverse Nonet

  1. Your creative muse is working double time on this one ☝️. You have written a very powerful nonet. There is a lot of talk on cloning lately, for and against. Thank you for a very interesting post Irma.

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  2. I am fascinated by science while at the same.time scared about it….and yes cloning is the one thing that.really scares me the most…i wish we know our moral.boundaries and limitations so well, i think it will help us evaluate and channel our judgements about this issue..

    Well done Irma

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  4. Not all Twins are alike. I would think even with cloning there could be some differences. Some twins that look alike don’t want to be the same, they want to be individuals.
    And then I remember not being a twin, but when I was younger having to dress like my sister… I wonder if that time 60 odd years ago it was just easier to do? Dress siblings alike. I had cousins who were years apart but ended up having the same coats and such.

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    • It’s that old “nature vs nurture” debate, right? Studies have found that identical twins who were raised apart actually had a lot of behaviors that were the same despite neither knowing the other growing up. It’s such a fascinating concept!
      I used to dress my girls the same for special occasions – then the older one didn’t want to do it anymore after a while. Such a push and pull – wanting to be the same yet different!

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