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Origin Story

I became an invader myself / a pathogen with survival traits

Steven Duong · ORIGIN STORY

Origin Story

an invasive species of love which said
if this is how you live your life
  perhaps you should live it elsewhere

& so I did

  I lived it elsewhere

in a waterproof shell
said goodbye to the Asian carp
the kudzu vines
the bark beetles stripping the coast
of music

a pathogen with survival traits

delivering small mammals
to the owners of piranhas

I sank to the bottom of Lake Malawi
& rose finned & wealthy

became a tank became a bowl