The Question
by W.H. Auden

All of us believe
we were born of a virgin
(for who can imagine

his parents copulating?),
and cases are known
of pregnant Virgins.

But the Question remains:
from where did Christ get
that extra chromosome?

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Poem written August 1973 and published in the 2007 Modern Library Edition of
Collected Poems  © 1976, 1991, 2007 by The Estate of W.H. Auden

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