(a protobacteria discovered by NASA),
having mastered alchemic
integration of arsenic
into its DNA,
thrives in Mono Lake, California
(where arsenic levels average seventeen parts per million)
under conditions which
other forms of life cannot survive.
exobiologists the world over are astounded.
(from the Greek arsenikos,
meaning ‘masculine’ and ‘toxic’)
is one of deadliest substances
known to man –
an untraceable, silent killer.
Van Gogh went crazy;
Emerald Green -
an arsenic-based pigment favored by Impressionists
was to blame
(merest exposure, it seems,
causes irreparable harm).
(in the primordial lake of my
Emerald Green memory)
lurks arsenikos DNA:
unhallowed, alchemic proof strands …