how the genes work
that allowed for an experienced nurse
to tell from an early ultrasound of my son
that he would have my gooshy lips.
I get that there are genes for that type of thing.
But is there also some
other pair of genes that compelled him
at the age of a few months
to sleep with his arm crooked over his head
just like I do?
Or, years later, to
ask for a magazine while
sitting on the potty
(a thing I'd done regularly in middle and high school
but have since lost the luxury of time to do
and thus for him to observe)?
have I foisted on this
like a parent dressing their toddler,
and which ones can he
choose to wear,
changing them with the seasons,
and personal taste?
I see so many genes
walking through my classroom door
skinny, sagging, hole-y, faded, flared, capri.
Which one(s) must he
or will he choose to