For the Primary Percent

1
The virus is a creature,
for the virus is created—
by its host if by no god

The virus is talented.
The virus cheats life
by being half life

and all death:

2
like you maybe
in your viral urge
to devour all

that is creative, all
that is productive
in the world.

Half life
and all
death—

and an unworthy insult
to the honest skill of the
industrious virus.

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Sederstrom is the author of seven books of poetry, his newest book, Icarus Rising, Misadventures in Ascension, published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc, was released last winter. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.