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David Ades: Contagion


it swept up in its camouflage of white noise


one strident proclaiming step at a time

its knee-jerk shoot-from-the-hip scatter-gun playing loose with facts


short-attention-span sprays provoking dismissal

though not without qualms.


Danger often lies like an unsprung trap

heedless of its quarry.


Not Marburg or Ebola or Hantavirus

not bird flu or Lassa virus or Junin virus


not Crimea-Congo fever virus or Machupo or Kyasanur Forest virus

not Dengue fever or Zika


but just as complex, just as unsubtle.

I have encountered it before:


when it was more constrained

skulking around in backwaters


before it ratcheted up its virulence.

It comes now





morphing by the moment



caught up in its withering sweep

its rapid-fire fling of complaints and accusations


its hunger for attention

its frenzied neediness.


Smallness has such a big mouth

such an endless appetite


so much trouble digesting

and still it wants


it wants

it wants to eat us all.


Copyright 2017 David Ades




2 comments on “David Ades: Contagion

  1. jfrobb
    March 28, 2017

    There is nothing like poetry to get to the essence of things. One of the few good things this terrible time is stirring up. Many thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    • David Ades
      March 31, 2017

      Thank you. I agree: so much good poetry is being written in this time, though I suspect it is not read by those who most need to read it!

      Liked by 1 person

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