the test

do you want to take a dna test with me?

she said it as if it were the most romantic thing

and nowadays, perhaps it is

no, not for the i’m-not-your-second-cousin-twice-removed reassurance

rather, just for the fun of it, the intimacy of swabbing the inner cheek

and sending it off in an envelope

the ironic impersonality of the analysis, done by machine

a few weeks later, sitting down to reveal

the secrets of base-pairs and mysteries of mitochondria

 did our ancestors come from the places we’ve been told?

 this most arcane and private story of the flesh

so hidden that it should be x-rated, but must be liberated

made visible for everyone to see

 it is romantic because you can no longer have power over me

based on your outward appearance

even more fascinating than your innermost thoughts

the things you already know but won’t say

are the things you don’t know, but can choose to reveal

she holds her lover’s hand

trembling, as they open the envelope

and unearth the history of the world


©mariah voutilainen 2018

find more of mariah’s unusual musings at (re)imagining the mundane

5 Comments Add yours

  1. hupsutupsu says:

    Reblogged this on (re)imagining the mundane and commented:

    the mafia’s been busy. take a peek…

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  2. Excellent! I love this!

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    1. hupsutupsu says:

      thanks! i saw a promotional video for this dna testing bit, and have at least one friend who has done it…somehow this came out.

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      1. I want to get mine done soon.

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  3. angela says:

    the history of the world we all reflect in our dna and our lived story

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