X-ray

By Danielle Legros Georges

What is important for people to know?

That I’m human. 

 

That I’m becoming more transparent.

An x-ray 

 

Makes clear what resides in the body.

It is a question 

 

That opens an answer.  It is an order

Of understanding.

 

Beneath a microscope, among 

The most beautiful things 

 

You can see: Yellow protein crystal. 

How it spikes and turns,

 

Spirals like a curly girl’s hair.

I work in pursuit 

 

Of evidence suggesting X. 

The music of data. 

 

The feeling of it. Being 

A scientist


Is 90% Failure. Is Trial. 

Is Error. Is 

 

The remarkable 10%.

My life has been

 

A mirror. A confrontation 

With the Unknown.

 

A growing proof

Of what is Known.