Movin’ along By Yoshiki Arakawa and Michael Way, London Research Institute

Eye of the Storm  By Dean J. Procter (The University of Sydney), Bianca Dobson (The Australian National University), David Tscharke (The Australian National University), and Timothy P. Newsome (The University of Sydney)

Highway to infection  By Yoshiki Arakawa and Michael Way, London Research Institute

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Our next poem for na·po·mo comes from Valyntina Grenier. Please enjoy her poem below!

vi·rus,  n.  [L., a slimy liquid, poison; cf. FITCHEW],  1.  venom, as of a snake.  2.  a) any of the group of ultramicroscopic or submicroscopic infective agents that cause various diseases, as smallpox: viruses are capable of multiplyingin connection with living cells and are variously regarded as living organisms and as complex proteins.  b)  specifically, a filtrable virus. c) the exudation from the vesicles of cowpox, used as a vaccine for smallpox.  3.  anything that corrupts or poisons the mind or character; evil or harmful influence.

To Explicate a Virus


In quiet
To persist

To dissipate life

With bias or bribes as your shield
I’ll grip
Your arm
I pull

To destring your power
I won’t let you fly through me
By my will decimate here
To cite the second amendment
To ignore the commerce of arms

To act as a stone

Annihilate arrowheads
On impact
You are a bomb
Your shrapnel propels
As arrows do

To detonate as bombs

I reach for a slave
To soothe our low-down hearts
Write a gentle embrace
To calm our frightened minds
I search virus

To find a cure

For the body sure
For plagues of belief
Only words
Shatter the star of illusion
Lay to rest all the Santas and gods

To look after the living

(whom viruses thrive on)
Follow a river of antelope
Herding through a river
Sift through a stream of diatribes
To interpret a virus as benign

To fall in with lies

I despair
To articulate something of import
We all harbor arrows
We fall
Shrapnel blasts on





IMG_0225Valyntina Grenier is a writing and visual artist.  Please visit her website


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4 responses to “vi·rus

  1. Beautiful and dynamic, speaking truth. Not just the flower, but also its seeds. Thank you.

  2. Hi, thanks Lisa for including me in The lexicon for the poem is also informed by, Oxford Universal Dictionary 1933 w/ corrections and revised addenda 1955, Webster’s New World Thesaurus 1974 and and CNN and Fox (in particular coverage about the recent Boston bombing and the defeated gun control amendment).

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