(and you only thought of seeds)

DuPont’s Orange agents spread
leaving people sick or dead
clearing crops, purging Reds
Viruses stand for Reds unseen
Cells to capture in between
Afraid of numbers too enhanced
Panicked ready for vaccines
clearing death in Roundup dreams. ((Roundup pesticide was developed as the complement to Monsanto’s first hybrid seeds. It killed everything except Monsanto’s plants.))

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..