Tuesday 12 April 2022

Stop the Heart

by Nick Gisburne

A serum for the halting of their hearts
Bestows complete protection as they fly.
In seven generations life restarts,
A bargain signed and sealed before they ‘die’.
No sleeper ever lasted long enough.
Suspended animation does not work.
However primed the cells, however tough,
The brain decays, a disappointing quirk.
But stop the heart, download the mind, and freeze
The body. This is genius design.
Fit twice the frozen colonists, with ease,
And ship them on a low-cost budget line.
    Alas, the lab experiments were flawed.
    The ship restores a hungry zombie horde.