Lament of the Bacterium

The end is near
The noxious oozes are making me
swell beyond my control
and soon I will burst

Before all of this,
life was ok
with a regularity and order
and a common understanding among the all of the beings

Then without warning,
I was separated from my kin
as there was such a rush of movement
that swept me up and pushed me down into the chasm

There was food everywhere
and I ate, divided,
ate some more, and divided
until I had become many

I had heard rumors of
giant billowy white blobs
that could vacuum many of us up
but the cornucopia of this new land was intoxicating

Then, just like that,
it all went wrong.
We were dying all of me
I knew it couldn’t go on for ever.

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