I’m glad we’re studying this one, a lusty, almost immortal guy living in his dark tunnels of love.
While reading dense black text
in JAMA, I flip a page and find
a photo that can only be a semi-erect
pink penis emerging from a black pudendum.
But on inspection, this one has a human face
with beady black eyes, a Hitler moustache,
and incisors sharp enough to chew down
a Christmas tree, an alert little guy who
looks like he has a penis’s one track mind.
The caption says scientists sequenced
his genome, which may reveal secrets
about why he stays fertile until death,
doesn’t age and never gets cancer,
which naked mole rats resist like
Japanese soldiers defending Iwo Jima.
And though I’ve been warned
since adolescence never to let my pecker
do my thinking, I’m glad we’re studying
this one, a lusty, almost immortal guy
living in his dark tunnels of love.