A Cluster of Genes

My father died first
as is usual.

After my mother died
I got all the papers.

During a night of thunderstorms
when the power went out,
I opened the forbidden box,
and lit a candle to read
the genetic test results from
the Secret Project she had been
convinced to participate in.

It was a cluster of L genes,
and they told her the meaning
though it was top secret.

They recommended abortion
because it was too horrible
to bring such a fetus to term.

She refused. And
I understand why

I have become
more invisible by the day

I have the inability to love
or to be loved as did she

And I have to do
my own termination.

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