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Antecedent Chemistry
by Leland Waldrip

Sunday, August 10, 2003
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Have you ever thought about the chain of events that has happened to bring us to life? Think of the things that could have happened, any one of which would have terminated the germ line of which we are part, and therefore have nullified our existence. This poem looks at particular aspects of the possibilities through an ode to our forebears’ passion.


We wonder that we live and draw breath,
Given our ancestors often faced death
Before finding a suitor with which to be,
And grow more branches on our family tree.

We think of our present, an individual thing,
But us to the world, family history did bring,
And that, dear friend, is quite simply, chance
From hormone’s whim, and the mating dance.

But if a precursor’s eye hadn’t its gleam,
Or another lost through damp of a dream,
Or a single progenitor just not in the mood,
Our germ line severed — Oh my, how rude!
Our place’d be held by a different soul,
And we’d be in life’s fabric an invisible hole.

o whatever the circumstance or social event,
We’re glad that together our ancestors went,
Across the generations of joy and pain
Made possible our node on life’s linked chain.

Backtrack your genealogy however far,
For ancestral coupling thank your lucky star
That your germ alone each time did survive,
For that’s the reason you’re now alive!





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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/22/2014
Substance to reflect upon; I appreciate and understand the philosophical perspective that you have shared through your verses here, Leland. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/6/2007
What a great poem , filled with deep incite! If not for genetics we would not be here......M
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 10/27/2005
Jeez, Leland, if I could only wrap myself around a fraction of your optimism, I think I would know the divine plan... It, within your and others parameters, is on the tip of my mind. Ha! Now, isn't that an Ego, or what?

I am because I was a lucky germ. I am because I am. Riverworld, Earth, Pern, Asimov, Sagan, Gor, The Ship That Sang, Middle Earth, Mowat, Tarzan, Norton, King, Earth, Dune, and back to me. And, you.

:) Ha! Love this, Leland, so upbeat, and qualifying...

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/12/2005

Exceptional style and resounding write - outstanding!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/18/2003
Yes, given life's whim, it's amazing that any of us have come down thousands of generations.

Ever notice how the stupid and rash have many children. It is also amazing that intelligence has survived, as well.

Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 8/13/2003
Nicely done, my friend!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/11/2003
This was excellent Leland..loved reading this!

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/11/2003
Thought provking....Insightful....excellent...this made me of your big asset is that every poems of yours makes the reader think...and this shows that ure a true poet...cheers...I love your work....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 8/11/2003
Excellent write....makes you wonder ;-)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/11/2003
Thought provoking, well penned Leland.
Reviewed by Alain Gracio 8/11/2003
Insightful piece. A chemical reaction and revolt. Symmetry and why the laws of probability are nil.
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 8/10/2003
Leland, this one really makes you stop and think...very good write! ~Z~
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 8/10/2003
Thank God for that, being that I am from Ohio, I am glad that my father and mother were not related.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 8/10/2003
LOL...oh my Leland my friend this one makes me glad that women are from Venus and men from Mars, excellant and interesting!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/10/2003
Good write whatever you are;-)hahaha!
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 8/10/2003
My ancestor is a Pharaonic ape...LOL who is yours? an Extenialist?
"intersting Leland", you are despite your 'unappetizing' extentialism.
I have seen a row of 11 skeletons at the Museum in Colombo, from the ape to the Homo Sapien.. I was awed. But heavens, I still looked gravely different from the Homo Sapien version - which means sometime down the road, me and you will be considered better-looking monkies, eh?
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 8/10/2003
Indeed, I thank my lucky star every single day, Leland... and all the Celt mothers and Iberian fathers who ancestrally coupled and produced the chain... ending in this "mutt" of a happy link! One more great write to add to my library.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/10/2003
Yep good olde Vikings and saxons, with their rape and pillage:)))
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/10/2003

i love this write--creative and well written!

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)
Reviewed by serenety L 8/10/2003
Very well written.
Enjoyed this one.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/10/2003
I am thankful! Hehehe! I'm so glad that coupling provides such blissful, incomparable feelings! Clever, humorous and well written poem, Leland!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/10/2003
I enjoyed the great rhymes and meter of this piece. Great write indeed!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/10/2003
Tsk,Tsk,Tsk...Did you have to go that far back??
I can't think in i will await tomorrow...and see what everyone else!!

All I know I was a part of "world war 2" with my DAD...hanging head down........LOL!!!

love Tinka

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 8/10/2003

"Antecedent Chemistry" - What else can one add to formulate a solution for this formula? No use! It compensates from the inside out through its own psychobiology.

This composition is delivering an actual message... "Antecedent Chemistry" is teaching and warning.

Poetry is Richer today... "Antecedent Chemistry" is a treasure of our twenty-first century Poetry.

I Salute the Author of "Antecedent Chemistry".

Andre Emmanuel ben-YEHU

Am I happy? I thought to find
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/10/2003
Yes, and I do thank the celestial orbs for putting me on this earth and putting me on Anerican soil.

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