You amplify damage which used to be local.
Your inflammatory markers highlight
the severity of infection.
They concentrate around troublesome sites,
open up susceptible vessels so wide eyes roll
into the backs of heads. There are observations.
There are record lows. Pain is rated
as a score of one to ten. Hearts race.
Temperature spikes. This is your fault.
Abnormal becomes systemic without challenge.
You hold our swollen tongues. They wedge between
your fingers: for the moment, useless as thought.
Gillian Mellor now lives in Moffat and co-owns the Moffat Bookshop. She has had work published in Southlight, The Fankle and online.