Forty years ago, I was a miracle
created in their test tube; no choice
of eye, hair or face colour.
Touch their new orchids and pollen
yellows fingers. Lift a stalk, I’d swear
it weeps sap. The one give-away
is when I pull a petal, and silk
comes loose, unbruised. Short-sighted,
I watch Extant’s sci-fi future
through the specs I need to see unblurred,
on a mobile that rests as flat and snug
in my hand as if it were my palm.
Imagine soon a robot best friend,
eyes that magnify and x-ray,
legs powered at twice-light-speed…
We could walk for miles and miles
beyond the Google-mapped globe
to anywhere invention leads us.
But how will we know the world’s end
before we reach it?
Sarah James is a prize-winning poet, fiction writer and journalist. Her latest collection is plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press, 2015) and her 2015 Overton Poetry Prize pamphlet is forthcoming from Loughborough University. Sarah’s poetry narrative, The Magnetic Diaries (KFS, 2015), was highly commended in the Forward Prizes and staged at The Courtyard, Hereford. Hearth, written with Angela Topping, was a Poetry Book Society autumn pamphlet 2015. Her website is at www.sarah-james.co.uk and she runs V. Press (http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/).