The Human Genre Project


Chromosome 2: love remembered

I was ready to run
When your two become my one
I used a tool, you stayed
And played the fool.

It worked for you
When your two became my one
It was an all new us and them
Around a fire we talked of our desire.

End to end
When your two became my one
One plus one, somehow it equaled one
Our love grew long and passed on and on.

My distant twin
When your two became my one
I became your mirror your center is still here,
My monkey love, my hairy primate past still stirs within.

I remember
When your two became my one
My new number two, a link that's past,
We're separated by an eternity which went by so fast.

Life was hard
When your two became my one
Wilderness was killing us, and
Pieces of us were forged while we were one.

I couldn't be me
If your two hadn't become my one.

I've changed so much, it's been so long,
I shed my hair and moved away
But I still remember
When your two became my one.

Background

Chromosome 2 serves as evidence for a common ancestor between humans and apes. A long standing anomaly for the theory of common descent of humans and (other) apes involves the differing chromosome numbers between humans and the rest of the great apes (orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos), which together make up the family Hominidae. Humans have 46 chromosomes, whereas the rest of the family has 48. Since primate chromosomes all contain so much genetic information the extra pair could not simply be lost. Genome sequence and karyotype banding data strongly indicates that chromosome 2 arose millions of years ago through the fusion of two smaller chromosomes which can still be seen in the modern great apes. The fusion appears to have occurred at the ends of the chromosomes in regions known as telomeres. As would be expected if two chromosomes fused, telomere remnants which are typically located at the ends of chromosomes and a second vestigial centromere have been identified within the long arm of chromosome 2.

This poem also includes references to natural selection and adaptive characteristics found in humans but not in any of the other great apes. These include: use of fire, language, lack of hair, ability to run on two legs quickly, tool use, and advanced intelligence.

Chris S. Packard