by Gideon Burton
Survival of the fittest has survived,
but is it fittest? Does it fit the facts?
For isolated species, watch it thrive,
explaining how selection plainly acts
to favor some, while others' numbers thin.
Yet other things survive besides a species,
and many things expire though they win.
The theory fits if fitting things in pieces.
An adaptation presupposes change
is challenge. Is it? And mutation holds
that there exists a standard well arranged,
despite the lack of a priori molds.
How natural that Darwin made selection;
that "fittest" facts survived by his election.
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