Belonging to the Emperor
Today my name is Sorrow.
So sang the emperor’s first nightingale.
The emperor was a fickle god.
He preferred to be thrilled by an automatic bird
in filigreed gold. A musicbox, a leitmotif.
Love me, please. Orange blossom.
I see my father bathed in the blare of that same
aria, prodding the remote
to loop. Chiamerà, chiamerà –
His face is red. Beneath his glasses, it is wet.
GFP is a protein derived from the jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, which emits
green light upon illumination with blue light.
– Hofker & van Deursen, Transgenic Mouse: Methods and Protocols
Chimera, chimera –
where does your garden grow?
A grafted Paradise. A mouthful of snow.
A Trojan conception – maculate cargo.
A spliced mouse – its unearthly day-glo.