April 03, 2016 at 11:00AM on Facebook

Now here’s a poet who really knows her science. Tardigrades!
“Be careful,
Waterbear, with your wisdom.

Where you have leaned on neighbors’
cells, borrowed strengths
and forged a genome more home

in the universe than our concept
of the soul, we have fallen
against each other with hook

and stone.”
From Rattle’s always interesting “Poets Respond” feature. (I recommend scrolling down to read the explanatory note first.)
“Letter to a Tardigrade” by E.E. Lampman