In 1998, scientists in South Korea claimed to have successfully
cloned a human embryo, but said the experiment was interrupted very
early when the clone was just a group of four cells. In 2002, Clonaid,
part of a religious group that believes humans were created by extra-
terrestrials, held a news conference to announce the birth of what it
claimed to be the first cloned human, a girl named Eve. However, de-
spite repeated requests by the research community and the news media,
Clonaid never provided any evidence to confirm the existence of this
clone or the other twelve human clones it purportedly created.
—National Human Genome Research Institute, “Cloning Fact Sheet”
the sonographic fetus is a cyborg—clonograph—dear future clones you are multiple—to use the letter s to make more of someone—to use the letter s to make a very small silent black river—into which many babies have been borne away—and into the river under the river—the black ocean under the blue ocean—catacombs of bones of those delivered unto the shore beneath the shore—as men of God from Spain and the Spain beneath Spain—arrived with their ships of death beneath death—the world under this world that outnumbers this world
dear future clones I love you more—than I love myself because there are more of you—than there are of me although I am your mother—and your sister and your ancestor—and look in the mirror at your young face—and look behind you at my olding face—and you can do something only prophets can do—which is to see into the future—Τειρεσίας / Tiresias killed two snakes with a stick—Hera punished him and changed his sex—he was turned into a woman—he served Hera as a priestess, he got married to a man and had children—when he came upon two snakes again he decided to leave them alone—it broke the curse—he was turned back into a man
to love the word offspring—to spring from a trap to spring from jail—sperkhesthai “to hurry” hurry spring come rain-shine—always spring in the wombs deployed for this purpose—ovaries are primed—the word offspring is really both singular and plural—the cell lines are cultured in the singulary—the word single will become a quaint idea has become a quaint idea—we won’t need the letter f anymore in the middle of things—there will never be one knife or one self—knives selves doesn’t that sound better we are better together—we won’t need the word I anymore
to love the word we more than I—we don’t have to capitalize we even in the middle of a sentence—the I has been sprung from its prison no more stretcher for you letter I—who do you think you are letter I to be so tall to be like the Roman numeral one—you don’t stand for one anymore—you don’t stand up anymore
you are small again a small i a short thing with a black dot for a face—we have always wanted a dot for a face—so much easier to look beautiful every day—if everyone’s face is a dot then no one has to look beautiful every day—our dot is the same as your dot so why don’t we exchange dots—no one will know the difference but it might taste different behind the dot—a little bit of different weather behind your dot yes—we have always wanted a manhole cover for a face—we have always wondered what is below the manhole—what keeps the city from flooding?—what keeps the ark half-built?—what keeps the animals from walking two by two by two by two?
dear future clones we are rethinking about you—electrically we are electrifying you in the plural you—neuronally we are neuronifying you in the spaces between our neurons in the salt sea—inside our skulls skol said those death metal Vikings for skull—when they drank from the skulls of their defeated—mead from honey mead from a queen and so many, many baby bees everywhere—drunk on togetherness on doing being the same until they die—good bees they take out our bodies sweep them into the air, the air—that is heaven that is a good death dropping at the same rate together—duty done skol skol skol
we are picturing you in our mind as Athena born from her father’s head—burst we like the word burst—and we want our head put back together—we want our head not split open like a watermelon—even if it meant we got to have the daughter we always wanted—even if we get the daughter without a mother—we don’t need a mother we are father-mother—you only need one parent—and put the word father or the word mother on the shelves with the knives
will we be taking family photographs together—we and you our future clones—how will we tell years later who is who is who is who is who is who—will we stand in the middle because we are the original—and you copies fan out around us in what kind of order—who do we like the best today—who does the photographer think has the brightest twinkle in their eye eye eye—do we all wear the same outfit where can we get so many of the same outfit—by then all the stores will sell so many of the same outfit—don’t be ugly today or if you do don’t go outside because we don’t want anyone to see us—looking so ugly or shabby or old or female—when you’re looking so female older female just stay inside nobody wants to see that—in such bright light at least bring some shade—or your shadow who isn’t the wrong color—and your shadow no one can see our face our dot our aging dot not as dot-like as it used to be
we have been making a documentary of these fetuses—sonograms just photographic slices now also 3-D imaging—still all that blur but no fetus is the wrong color—sometimes the wrong gender the wrong gender in the dark—sometimes the face the dot of the fetus is facing away from us—as if it doesn’t want to see us doesn’t want us to see us ourselves their future our origins
in all the movies and television shows and books about clones—dear future clones they are always never actual clones—they are actors photographed again again again—but we are never fooled although we love being fooled all the time—we are afraid of the times we are not fooled—in our lives we don’t actually own anything although we pay for things—we will pay for everything for you because you are our future—we didn’t know we wanted to be immortal—but could you please not get yourselves into as much pain—we are worried about what all that pain will mean—will it be our fault—will it be our problem—will it be our future—my pain is your past but you might forget me I mean us we mean us
to love the look of our own blood—because it spelled things it spells things for us—anything that was inside us recently was us—we know Freud would agree and Freud is still inside me meaning us—he might not want to be us—he never dreamed about us—Freud where are you in our body
you must be in the blood because it comes from the basement inside our bones—and we think you like basements the way you like talking and we feel you—clinging in your three-piece suit to the underside of an iceberg—we will save you from sea lions—there are things on the surface from we cannot save—we are loathe to spill your blood onto the blue-white milk ice floes—we are loathe to spill or spell
a flotilla of ships approaches—all alike all alike one might save us—one might take you with us Freud please come with us—all these years into your future you never dreamed about us even once—but we dream about you Freud we dream about the world beneath the world
future clones, we did not know that Freud took his own life—where did he take it he took it into the future—but before he could take it into the future he had to break it off from the animal—now he is the animal beneath the animal—you offspring we never knew we could make so many animals essentially an infinite number—we could repopulate the earth with ourselves with the right machines including ourselves—we could reproduce ourselves and train ourselves to reproduce ourselves to reproduce ourselves—this could go on until someone stops us or our death drive thank you Freud—allows us to return to the room beneath the room—the body beneath our body that is exhausted—that is mere breath that is leaning heavily on the airlock—with its cool metal wheel against our hot olding face
we apologize we are less like us in all the ways we are like us like you like us we are so so sorry—we just knew that we would let ourselves down but we didn’t know what else to do—we didn’t want to take our lives because we thought it would be better—to give them away to all of you—it’s true that someone always has to pay
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