Weekend Writing Prompt — Sibilance

I didn’t recognize your true nature
But then your forked-tongued sibilance gave you away
You are a viper, a venomous snake, poisoning your prey
Killing me
slowly

(Exactly 28 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “sibilance.” Image credit: shutterstock.com.

7 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt — Sibilance

  1. Nope, Not Pam August 6, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    Great poem, caught the essence of the word perfectly

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  2. Marleen August 7, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    There’s too much sibilance in the second and third of the articles I’ve read
    here
    https://sciencing.com/role-y-chromosome-sex-determination-humans-16490.html
    today.

    The second article repeats this paragraph several times:

    Parents donate a set of chromosomes to their offspring, 23 pairs from each for a total of 46. Each of these chromosomes contains the genetic information that determines everything from the baby’s eye and hair color to the baby’s sex. Gender is determined by the sex chromosomes. If the Y chromosome is present, the baby will be a boy.

    When I was in school, I would often get annoyed with the way text books presented science. For example, I don’t Ginni each parent contributes “23 pairs” of chromosomes. No. They each add a 23-chromosome half for pairing.

    Then I see, in the third one (“How to Write a Notation of a Karyotype”, last updated April 24, 2017):

    A karyotype is the representation of the chromosomes of any type of cell. For humans, the information their chromosomes provide is crucial to learning about the genome and diagnosing genetic diseases. … The results of karyotypes are written in a special notation that, while it may look confusing at first, is actually easy to learn and understand.

    Count the number of pairs of chromosomes in the karyotype, except the sex chromosomes, the last two in the set. Write this number. In a normal human, the number will be 46.

    Determine the sex chromosomes, whether they are “XX” or “XY.” If they are “XX,” the subject is a female; “XY,” the subject is a male. Write this combination next to the number after a comma. In a normal woman, this will look like this “46, XX.”

    Note any irregularities in the karyotype. If the karyotype has an extra 21st chromosome, write “47, XX, +21, Trisomy-21,” indicating the subject is a woman with 47 chromosomes and the extra chromosome is in the 21st pair. Having three chromosomes in a pair is called “Trisomy.” If there is an extra sex chromosome, write 47, then the sex chromosomes; for example, “47, XXX.”

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    • Marleen August 7, 2022 / 7:35 pm

      Correction: … I don’t Ginni each parent contributes or “donates” …

      “Ginni” was typed in differently and is supposed to be think…

      Anyway, I’ll add this, from a different site, while I posting again:

      https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/basics/howmanychromosomes/

      ….. each cell normally contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 46. Twenty-two of these pairs, called autosomes, look the same in both males and females. The 23rd pair, the sex chromosomes, differ between males and females. Females have two … X chromosome, while males have one X and one Y chromosome.

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    • Marleen August 8, 2022 / 1:34 pm

      Counting each chromosome, not the pairs of chromosomes, would come out to 44 [not forty-siks] for the normal human autosomes (which do not include the sex chromosomes).

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