Generations

 
 
In class we had partners and the partners had tubes
        of anesthetized fruit flies sorted by eyes.
 
Our task was to feed them and gas them and count them,
        to sort and combine red eyes with white.
 
Three days passed, then seven, then nine, and we never returned,
        my partner and I. The idea was hers, but it might’ve been mine.
 
Into the hall of lockers lined we took our tube, multi multiplied,
        and with one move we set them free and kissed our Biology grade goodbye.
 
 
 

Margot Kahn is the author of the biography Horses That Buck (University of Oklahoma Press), winner of the High Plains Book Award. She is also co-editor of the anthology This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press/Hachette). Margot's essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Tablet, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, High Desert Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Publishers Weekly, and Lenny Letter, among other places, and have been anthologized in You: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person and Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Margot earned an MFA from Columbia University and has received grants and residencies from the Ohioana Library Association, the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son. www.margotkahn.com