Written in 2004
A code, a vital cipher rests inside
The seat of ev’ry cell of any kind,
Identical and replicate, a guide,
An evanescent blueprint, undesign’d.
As angel’s hair, in filigrees unplann’d,
Like serpents, helices enwrap, combine;
Entwin’d and twirl’d, these tortive, wreathen strands,
Decide, dictate, delineate, define.
Attenuate and taeniate (and wound
In spirals sinuous) the pairs of twin
Phosphoric sugar’d backbones coil’d, bound;
A mere four letters varying within.
A masterplan prescribing ev’ry trait
That is possess’d: compact, complete, choate.
Begin the steps with which life is express’d
In concrete form from abstract template, but
Exonic fragments only, while suppress’d,
Remainder’d junklets, ort-strewn splicings cut.
On scribes’ approach, seducees acquiesce;
Its quarry met, pursuer ends its chase
With factor’d kiss, promoted tryst, caress,
Preluding an adulterous embrace.
By gently rippling eyelet, peephole splay’d,
Usurper cleaves the twins, eschewing one;
Once text is read, and mirror’d copy made,
Volute reverts, parenthesis undone.
At terminus, from downstream split, a clone,
Flies nascent transcripp’d messenger, alone.
Away from ribbon’d cores, a shunn’d impasse,
The heralds flee their parents geminate,
Diffusing out throughout host’s plasm mass,
They seek and spy, pursue, disseminate.
A-quest the dancing heralds nimbly flit,
To find a weaving sibling and reveal
The vital threads together that they knit—
Didactic filament and spinning-wheel.
From invert rules, their letters group’d in threes,
Cross-loops of clover-leaf transfer, translate;
Until a stop is found amongst the keys,
Multiparous the looms intercalate.
Completion. The participants retreat
And circle on: reprise, recur, repeat.
Each woven amine sequence forming rays
Anfractuous, in rivel’d ravel’d skeins,
A plexus folding in, entwist’d maze;
Attractions vary’d ruck entangling chains.
Resultant raddl’d strains of ev’ry sort
Repel invaders, course, communicate;
And others do yet more: propel, support,
Enliven, catalyse, and suscitate.
Though miniscule these gossamers, throughout
Creation not a mite nor mote could take
A halting step or feeble breath without
Each moke, each net, each nest, each mesh opaque.
And only once remade, arch-cipher, true,
Does bootstrapp’d cycle start afresh, anew.