Kate McNairy

Earth Is Not So Bad

You told me DNA
Is on the moon-
Within microbes and molecules
Strands of helixes
Swimming in craters of dust-
As some sort of Star Trek
Gone good over bad-
We cannot say what it says
But we know at least
In our imagination
What is true is not true-
We want “to grok”
Tell it earth is not so bad.

Kate McNairy has been published in literary magazines such as California Quarterly, Many Waters, Flying Horse. She has been an English Instructor at Empire State College and Adirondack Community College.