tell your father to pull out, tell your mother
to hide. there are children of your children
who exist in an illness of blood,
bone, skin, hair, and lung.
there is a barren landscape–
stone predated ocean,
before the earth was
sick with smoke, plastic.
bacteria teemed on this rock
like an unstoppable infection
that infected power
to make powerless those infected.
(originally published in 45 Poems: for the Revolution, 2019)