When They’ve Grown Another Me

Susan Lindsay

on a petri
what a dish
that will be

they took a picture
of my passport
in the Building Society,
my mobile phone number
to allow them send
me code numbers to ensure
extra security to add
to the other questions 
all of which could be
answered by anyone
who cares to do a little research.
It makes your
on-line presence more secure.

My identity on-line
is now a product
my profile
a saleable commodity
I get no payment for.

My Revenue number, once private,
alongside the mug shot
taken to ensure
on the card, my pass
to free transport
that has me turn to writing verse
restrain myself
from cutting it to pieces 
it should come with a government
warning: this could damage
your mental and physical wellbeing.

When will 3D printed bones and organs
supplant the you                                                                                                                                             you once were?
When the only thing left
to identify me distinctly
is my DNA
and they take a sample
of that and grow me 
on a petri dish 
for stem cell research
or to have a copy
in case they lose me 
will there be anything left to lose?
To whom will I 

Who or what 
kind of a dish 
will that one be?

Page 32, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 123
Issue 123

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 123:

Edited by Eavan Boland

Among the poets offering new work in the final Poetry Ireland Review of 2017 are Orla Martin, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Harry Clifton,  Erin Halliday, Alan Titley, and Nan Cohen, while the Featured Poet is Belfast sensation Stephen Sexton. The books reviewed in this issue include new titles from Michael O'Loughlin, the late John  Montague, Biddy Jenkinson, Aifric Mac Aodha, Mark Roper, and Colette Bryce's Selected Poems.  Also included is editor Eavan Boland's examination of the life and work of the late John Ashbery, and the reasons for his pre-eminence among American poets of his century; and an evocative tribute to the late Gerard Fanning from his friend Gerard Smyth. The artwork for PIR 123 comes from the SO Fine Art Editions gallery, and the issue concludes with nine intriguing questions for Michael Longley, posed by fellow Belfast poets Stephen Connolly and Stephen Sexton – followed, of course, by nine intriguing answers.