Selective Vision

It’s remarkable, really, how they’ve come to ignore the spreading desert in their living room, now threatening to engulf the La-Z-Boy recliner & turn the aquarium into a saline depression. They pretend those are mice scrabbling in the kitchen & not landless economic refugees laboring to convert rainforest into soybean plantations. Windrows of dead honeybees pile up beneath their beds. And that dripping sound from the attic? You’ve guessed it: their glacier is shrinking fast. Already one of Grandpa’s legs can be seen protruding from the side adjacent to the stairs, which every day grow a little steeper & more numerous.

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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. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).

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