In pharmafields, white-coated PhDs
advance through stands of common homoflor.
Tapping lymphatic sap and other yields,
they move with portent and solemnity –
it’s serious business bleeding arbor-veins
and milking chyle from pseudodermic pores
into the tanks where waiting clones
are fuelled with gibberellin.
In artificial sun, cool protein-sprays
play on each pluri-purpose foliole.
Aseptic pergolas and sterile bays
cordon pavilions and galleries
where deft geneticists unfetter DNA
and masked technicians comb through banks of spore.
Under our tutelage, it’s clear
the silent plants are learning fast
to merge and modify and breed
new, fertile, brave, identities.
– David Morphet 2007