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Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
p. 178 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0023

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I

Even here, earthbound, nestled within
the Norwegian subterranean seed vault,
forevermore is encrusted in permafrost.
Our pods escape to your cold arms, inhabitation.
Take twins of all and core genetic variations—
only the best, the ones that can outlive drought,
flood, pestilence, poor nutrients, too much cold, heat,
too little light. There are 20 forms of tomato
and 26 of wheat. Most can survive beyond
the power plant, but will suck the batteries dry
before the lights cut and the dormancy cracks,
relenting to the deeper sleep of lost worlds.
For now, this promise stays spring-loaded, sealed,
each package neglected inside its silver drawer,
labeled in DNA code, symbol, Latin and English
obsolescence. This one, named rare municipal orchid
is not foodstuff. Is not for crop or soil rotation or for
cleaning the air. This one harvests no sustenance,
but we make room for it in the cold and dark,
because beauty is worth more than our own survival.

II

Blind Willie Johnson’s saddest human song
enshrined on the Voyager’s golden album
is playing to a new audience of no one.
The craft, launched in 1977, has passed through,
we think, the heliosheath and may wander
into the badlands between solar shock and
interstellar winds. It is the first manmade object
to escape our solar system. Into the outer where future
begins to warp by massive magnetic bubbles
huddling at the edge like crows in utter void
unable to buffer that final feeling of loneliness.
The amphitheater empties and the last neutrinos
snuff out like fireflies.
    Yet, one can still hear singing.

Copyright © 2013 The Curators of the University of Missouri
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Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 173-180. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Morris, D.(2013). Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness. The Missouri Review 36(1), 173-180. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 173-180. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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