Ticks by S.P. Flannery

In tracts of land not mowed,
arachnids cling to dog pelage and
human leg hair thick and unshaved,
they plunge pinheads into the skin,
puncture the protective film to engorge
on blood thin on summer heat,
bathe their eggs in nourishment,
unnoticed the body expands while
diseases commence a movement
out into the blood stream to find
somewhere to replicate, this vessel
that rests in long grass gone to seed,
passivity allows the vector to force
its way through the tissues,
cause fits of nervousness and
mimic influenza that tires the desire
to mow any unkempt lawn.

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