I could be quiet
or pretend it isn’t happening
were it not for the arrow of retrospect.

Their declarations
were many
the space between the lines
still, they spewed promises
sufficiently broad to
let slide
the queries
of why bloodsucking ticks
should be allowed to rule.

After all, how could blood-engorged ticks
improve what
our kind
had slaved ions for?
How could we let the arachnids

our hearts
a thin dime?

Did we all fall asleep?

Surely, our fate
is not be sealed.


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