Embryo

Fetus

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n the Fallopian path acidic
go the spermatozoa still alive,
comets drawn to the fallen oocyte,
radiantly defensive and lytic.
The icy flagellum melts on impact,
the wings of Hermes, the moon in Cancer—
the lemniscate snake in rain from anthers:
the uterine wall, the blastocyst taps
like a viral auger through cell membrane,
parasitic. The bilateral streak
where waterfall cells settle from a peak
into gravid tubes, wormlike, overlain.
            Tissues unfold into organ systems:
            hardware for consciousness algorithms.

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