When I.Q. met E.I.

He was Ian Quinn,
she, Ellen Irwin.
Each believed they
trumped the other
in self-importance,
for she knew how to talk to people,
whereas he had plenty to talk about.

When they joined unarmed forces
inside their test subject,
they created the polished politician—
a silver-tongued orator
who was worth her weight in gold.
(All 300 pounds of it.)