for Lewis Duncan
A nanovangelist came to our class
To demonstrate how humans will surpass
Ourselves through technological advance
And soon outgrow our mortal circumstance:
Not dying is an option we may choose
When scientists interpret all the clues
To how cells operate and crack the codes
Directing how vitality erodes.
Once deathless, we’ll discover how to nourish
New latencies that soon will fully flourish
As Nanohumans prove more sapient
Than Homosaps, whose history was bent
By errors that will shortly be corrected—
Unless some nanodevil’s undetected.