Genie in a Bottle*

Genie in a Bottle

Monet, da Vinci, Pollock, O’Keeffe
Frost, Ginsberg, Byron, Thoreau
Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Ravel
Nureyev, Graham, Fonteyn, Tharp
Pasteur, Oppenheimer, Berg, Fouchier

Pictures are painted. Books are written.
Songs composed and dances performed.
Atoms are split, genes spliced, chemicals formed.
Masterpieces all – conceived and birthed.

Frenetic artists and feverish Frankensteins,
Driven to create outside themselves.
Destined to become immortal muses.

Because once a picture has been seen, we cannot un-see it.
Once a book or poem has been read, it cannot be un-read.
When a song has been heard, you cannot un-hear its notes.
And a ballet will inspire long after it’s danced.

And the Art of Science?
Once an atom has been split or a gene spliced,
A chemical formed or an infectious agent modified,
The secrets of the Universe have been unlocked.
And once you know something, you cannot un-know it.

And once a Jinn has been released, it cannot be put back.

Michelle, M2 Labs

*When you say that “the genie is out of the bottle” or that someone has “let the genie out of the bottle”, you mean that something has happened which has made a great and permanent change in people’s lives, especially a bad change.

n. an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and
animal forms and to possess humans

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