Parasitic

Photography by Edward Burtynsky

I scratch the mosquito bites on my skin and the mountaintops wear away revealing the beginning and end of the bronze-age. Rusty nails puncture deeper the surface as leeches and butterflies emerge, not gasping but following, drilling the veins of time. Some will suffer, all will die and change, rapid like flesh. Copper valued until gold comes. Then? There will be more tap, tapping for more dripping spirit, metallic blood. The poison of the soul haunts me until I can free a geothermal laugh.

©2017, Amaya Engleking

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11 comments

  1. AJournalForDamnedLovers · 28 Days Ago

    This was quite stunning.

  2. Maria Gianna Iannucci · 28 Days Ago

    The imagery is vivid. I love the way you combine the evolution of life, geology, and the human use of those natural resources to do harm.

    • Gospel Isosceles · 28 Days Ago

      Thanks, Maria. I’m not in love with this piece, believing it to be sloppy. But then again, so is our (humans) extraction of whatever it is we want.

      • Maria Gianna Iannucci · 28 Days Ago

        I thought that it was purposeful and added impact. Ah…poetry is always a relationship between minds!

      • Nickel Boy Graphics · 28 Days Ago

        Our sloppy human extractions of whatever it is we want…this makes me think of the great environmental costs and human costs when we fixate on getting what we want at any cost…

      • Nickel Boy Graphics · 28 Days Ago

        That matches what looks to me like an open sore in the photograph. Stunning.

  3. The Existential Baker · 28 Days Ago

    TBT, you sometimes make me wish I believed….. amazing talent, never stop expressing

  4. Chagall · 25 Days Ago

    So much life at scales we cannot fathom. Wonderfully original. —CC

  5. TheFeatheredSleep · 19 Days Ago

    Incredible writing

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