to astound its host

the “new” e-coli’s look is unforgettable, they say

like bricks stacked one on top of another

   we could have learned brick-making from the virus

    or the virus could have learned its shape from our walls

a virus exposed to brick walls

shape-shifting to astound its host

    then the kidneys fail, and the wall strengthens


                       those front guards

                       at recalcitrant disease

                                  their sturdy hope

-Susan Diridoni

to astound its host

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