Wikipedia Poem, No. 251

“The flood of oxygen upon release.” Ben Lerner, 10:04


wispy veils of oxygen
cobalt ovipositor nebulae
dense hydrogen particles
wish showy arcs around
super-hot newborn stars

eight and a half billion bacteria
bellowing diptera language
disintegrates as the housefly
lifts from the animal waste
onto one’s strawberry sundae

parasitic worms cholera bacillary
dysentery salmonella anthrax
tuberculosis ophthalmia typhoid
pétomai labella ripe of discourse
over and into one’s sweet dread

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