There is a reason why skin is the first line
of defense against a disease.
When a virus finds its way inside,
it can crawl almost anywhere
from your pipe-tight arteries
to your significantly visible veins,
and maybe even cross through
a lucky little pathway leading
to your silly organs you might as
well have sold in eBay.

It can travel the long route
to your brain and unravel each
secret until you wish for it to
break down on its own walls.
It can push through all
the blood and plant a home
in every corner of you heart.
Where you expected roots
will be dozens of holes,
and I tell you,
you will feel every pang of pain,
but you won’t have anything to clutch
on to anymore when you feel it,
because the virus has managed
to pull off your heart that
you will wish you tore off on your own.
It can follow the flow of gravity,
all the way down to your leg,
right leg, left leg, it does not matter,
it won’t be of use anymore.
It will make it go numb
and turn your own limb against you.

Never let a virus get under your skin.
It should be easier this time.
This is a new era, no longer are
microscopes necessary to identify one:
a virus is a walking, talking, breathing human.
Do not let them get under your skin.

Brush it all off.
Their words.Their thoughts.
That’s right.
Pat them all away.
You’re wearing a suit and
it’s too expensive for them
to even dare to touch.

They’re just virus,
the only way for them to
damage you is if you
let them.

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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