They say anyone can have a child these days|
Anyone who’s passed the test,
Proven nurturing nature, competence, patience, desire to teach
The old virtues. Compassion is nice,
But not required. More important
To show stability, self-worth, respect for others.
Anyone can have a child,
They know what colors the flowers will be,
Twisting dark on a cloudy day
That the brightest minds have chosen the brightest source,
With master’s degrees in English and library science, C. A. Gardner has been the editor at a private maritime museum and currently serves as cataloger at a public library. Thus far, twenty-three stories, over a hundred poems, and thirty-two drawings and photographs have been published in venues such as Best of the Rest 2, The Doom of Camelot, Gothic.net, Horror Garage, Not One of Us, Talebones, and Twisted Cat Tales. In 2004, Gardner attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop. For more information, visit here
I write fiction as well, and have planned several stories about clones. While reading up on the issues—both scientific and ethical—I couldn’t help thinking about some of my husband’s arguments against our having a child, based on our genetic inheritance. Visiting a local arboretum a few weeks later completed the connection in my mind.