some yearn to improve the flesh
through weights, through vigor and rigor
and running,
and sport,
yearn to replace,
to make their parts interchangeable:
an arm one day, a blade the next,
a brain wired-through and calculating

Some eyes can scarcely see and
must be improved –
Who would dare withhold sight from the blind?
Bifocals no different than crutch and cast;
and a 12-megapixel mechanical eye
another tool to make a body operate comfortably
to become whole, to improve
for the user,
to meet their needs by
dumbbell or scalpel, by
circuit-board or hormone,
we are improving crudely,
and must become comfortable with crude improvements,
must learn our limits and surpass them
or see the Earth a lonesome graveyard.

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