Where the End Lives

Somewhere in the vastness of eternity
stuck in a starlit barred spiral of gas and dust
trapped under the atmosphere of a heliocentric rock
stranded on a giant island of ancient depleted soil
within the boundaries of mental constructions
among a cramped collection of artificial dwellings
embedded in the bloodstream of a bipedal species
an apocalypse-inducing microscopic parasite
has finally found a home.

—Joseph VanBuren