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





Swine flu



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



Have been counted

We will hang our heads in shame

And find our place in the world again

With humility and finally



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