Under a spotlight

our viral nemesis

made art, sparkles


in a clear case.

Surface glycoproteins

bead like pearls


on a body,

the crushed ice

of transmembrane


makes me thirsty.

A ribbed core

excites desire,


makes me want

to stretch what lines you. 

Unable to touch


the sealed off jewel,      

we place our hands

on the glass.


First publication: The Dark Matter Journal of Speculative Writing, 2015