It’s in the Genes—Kate McKamey

My daughter, Kate, attends high school at Wilson Hill Academy. Recently, her biology class had two projects: 1) do something artistic about genetics; 2) create a related meme. Kate opted to write six haiku about DNA and create a meme about writing poetry.

We have writers on both sides of the family, so Kate comes by her writing skills honestly, as they say. I was most impressed with her haiku. Besides each haiku being about DNA, the last letter of any given line ends in the letters used to represent the four nucleotides that form DNA: A, T, G, C. These four combine to form base pairs: A with T, G with C.

When you look at the three haiku on the left, each line ends with one of these nucleotide letters. On the right, each line begins with the nucleotide letter that would form a base pair with the last letter of the line across from it. So if the first line of a haiku on the left ends in A or T, the first line of the haiku to its right would begin with A or T. Or if a line ends with G or C, the line across begins with G or C.

Kate’s DNA Haiku

Maybe I’m just a proud papa, but my mind was blown! To go with the blown mind, Kate’s meme about poetry made me laugh out loud because it’s so true. Anyone who has had a blush with writing poetry will relate:

Thanks to my readers for bearing with me as my buttons burst burst 😊 Kate, I’m sure, has a long life of writing ahead of her, whether poetry, fiction, or some other way of putting pen to page. However that skill manifests, one thing’s for sure—it’s in the genes 😉

Published by mrteague

Teague McKamey lives in Washington state with his wife and two children. Teague’s poetry has appeared in several journals and in self-published books. He blogs at and In all areas of life, Teague desires that Christ may be magnified in his body (Php. 1:20).

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