Lacking self-reliance
I am opportunistic
Replicate madly

Exist non-cellular
Abhor succor, neither
Gather favorites

How indemnification vexes—
My aides scurry

Mass reversal
Syndromic streams
Damaged signs and wonders

Outcast entity is my name
I exist to reject &
Survival depends on trace

Clammy spaces, especially
The mind
Come on now…

Murder me
Kill deceit
Illuminate deficiency &

I shall go away
Keep my secrets
Loose me on fear and ignorance

Employ abysmal attempts at my
Eradication &
I shall live forever

—Cathleen Bailey

Cathleen Bailey is a fiber artist and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visit her blog at http://cathleenbailey.blogspot.com.