Day 8: Virus

Since 1908

And the first case of HIV

Long before even that

We have stripped Nature to her knees

For assets

And occasional viruses

 

 

Not so occasional now, it seems

And we are not so immune from

Our foolish appropriation of that which was never ours

 

 

HIV

Ebola

Swine flu

SARS

Zika

Coronas of many numbers

 

 

More whose scientific names I forget

To my shame

Because the list should be listed

Lest we forget and go back

To taking what isn’t ours

And getting what we’re given

When we never factored it in

 

 

 

I am sorry

So sorry

The sorrow fills and spills over into rage

When all this is over and the

Last

Dead

Have been counted

We will hang our heads in shame

And find our place in the world again

With humility and finally

Perhaps

Understanding

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