Science tests have searched our blood
and found a gene that makes men fat.
A third of the nation has it,
destined to be large and slow.
The brain is also affected,
being less dense in the obese
and prone to loss of knowledge
when flesh sags and hair turns gray.
What advantage could this have been
to our forgotten ancestors?
No use to kings or warriors;
maybe a blessing to others,
For those who are tied to the land
and used the same as a cow
an ox or a sheep to be sheared,
docile and domesticated.
We bear our burdens in silence,
chop wood, tend herds, and plow fields.
We belong to the Fall harvest
and doff caps to the wise slim lord.