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I exist in the realm of bacteria,
There but unseen, unfelt, unthought of
Un-everything
Invisible but there nonetheless
Waiting, waiting, waiting
Biding my time
Obliviously, unwittingly
‘Til I make an impact —
For good or no
And the spark of perception
Reveals my action to be that of a villain,
Or savior
Essential or detrimental
Consumable like yogurt
Or consuming like staphylococcus
And the whole time I am invisible
Nameless, featureless
Unknown,
Except by effect.

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Cesar Suarez

Cesar Suarez is a writer and poet incarcerated in California.