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  • We are subcutaneous creatures, and we are telling each other knowledge dreams under our skin all night.
    Questions, answers, tales, sagas, the one about the body cell and love.

    (Susan Perly, from Body Cell)

    It’s a sharing experience
    being alive

    Guitar string necessity
    for a finger & a hand
    object needs it observer
    else neither gets observed

    Inside & out
    keep an eye on both
    (really one world)
    separated by membrane

    Primordial give & take
    could be oxygen being extracted
    CO2 exchanged
    but nothing just sits there

    Amoeba takes it in just like you & me

    Amoeba’s got a false foot
    called a pseudopodium
    (even cells have to probe the darkness)
    it's how they locomote

    Constant discovery
    at the edge of themselves
    cells are just like us
    not even asking its cytoplasm
    (our whole body past)
    if it wants to come along

    One needn’t go any further
    (cell is far enough)
    to discover the reason for change:

    a pseudo-foot forms
    (there’s something new in the mud)
    & 60% in the middle
    slowly follows flow

    Even forward-thinking amoeba
    have recalcitrants in power
    & the last to comply are laggards
    clinging to things as they are

    The pseudo-podium edge
    the flow points
    are artists & thinkers
    red-flag wavers
    & cutting-edge science

    Society's an organism
    don’t be alarmed
    at the cellular level
    a long time it takes
    for change to happen fast
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