A raindrop
falls on a denuded mountainside
becoming a landslide
crushing the village

A boy
soaps his hands daily
twenty years later
having no defense

A honeybee
brings contaminated nectar
to the hive
fields and orchards suffer
children cry

A contagion
kills every host
spreading rampantly
til finding no more
subsides into waiting

I wonder what happens
when the elephants die?

Marv Himmel
June 19, 2014 ©

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