Mimivirus

Standard

One-track minded

parasite zombie

ceaselessly wandering-

a quest

for it’s first and final victim.

A connection is made,

and mimivirus loses a part of itself,

to its gracious,

blissfully ignorant amoeba host,

and all seems well.

Yet time drags on,

as it always does,

and new beginnings

take shape.

Their union,

which seemed to be

the start of a beautiful relationship,

evolves into a

one-sided,

ruthlessly efficient,

hostile takeover.

The host

works tirelessly

to support the demands of its

new partner,

specified in its ancient tome-

it’s lengthy genome.

Exhausted

from the hard work of transcribing

the words dictated to it,

by a steady stream of multiplying messengers,

the host,

burns out, falls down,

and breaks open,

it has nothing left to give them.

The host bequeaths unto it’s amoeba brother’s and sister’s,

A horde

of eager virions

ready to march,

leave their marks,

and begin their life’s work.

Their parent would be proud,

of the legacy of destruction,

their progeny

will leave.

Plasmids

Standard

Genes generated,

as standalone

updates and patches,

to be mixed-and-matched,

and exchanged among clones.

“Enclosed,

you will find,

my latest experiment.

After tinkering with my code,

I’ve increased recalcitrance,

By twofold.”

You scratch my back,

I’ll scratch yours.

Even bacteria

can do business,

they innovate,

compete,

consume,

and coordinate,

under our noses.

Extremophiles

Standard

Bacteria,

Stuck to the side,

Of a hydrothermal vent,

Metabolizing,

With black smoke,

Rising,

Or,

Encased,

In ancient salt crystals,

Photosynthesizing.

Processing cyanide

Or sulfur,

To grow,

Then split.

Residing,

Where it’s corrosive,

With high temperatures,

And/or,

Intense pressure,

Dissolved metals,

Minerals,

Or chemicals.

Found,

In massive, arid, vacuous deserts,

The bottom of the arctic,

Or gaps inside boulders,

Or the vacuum of space.

Extremes are not insurmountable,

Just because they are not conducive,

To life.

It’s full of proverbial suprises,

After all.