White Night

Bones aren’t this color.
Their darkness is on the inside,
not the outside.

This is the white of a tunnel
in a paraffin candle
from which the wick has been pulled:

burning isn’t an option,
you have to keep moving to stay ahead
of the cold on its pale horse.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.

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