hives = organ failure
sounds like a summer drink
expect vodka, not the runoff of
melting under the weight of
chlamydomonas nivalis algae
their microscopic bodies collecting
in sun cups, bloody little puddles
that accelerate the global warmth
but this is not news.
Aristotle wrote of it;
John Ross 200 years ago
sent Baffin samples back to England,
thought he’d caught some meteor fallout.
yet the botany was clear;
the breath and beat of earth is persistent
even as she constantly tries on
new colours and textures.
so dance! refresh from mountain streams
that will long after us
continue to change the shape of oceans.
my skin is malfunctioning.
it is no longer protecting my heart, lungs, muscles, bones.
i can feel the fire ants under my
leaping synapse to synapse.
following the trail of my fingernails
as i engrave my entire body with this misery.
here is a red pen, what if
i use it to scratch and let it
scribble along the zigzag conduit,
note the mirroring, left ankle,
now right ankle, left shin, right shin,
left behind the knee (does that body part even have a name?)
left inner thigh, right inner thigh
onwards and upwards, i think you get the picture.
it is impolite to scratch in public.
this red pen is on its way