Eating Breakfast Pizza with an Allergy

Battle started before hanger doors closed,
a full-scale, planet-wide invasion
of the sinus cavity: walls inflamed,
irritated, deployed defenses
of mucus shielding,

sent alarms via
integrated communication system
of neural interface web:
visual receptors watered and reddened,
pain throbbed at central dispatch,
was audibly identifiable.

Foreign debris subsequently ejected
from hanger, but too late,
damage was done
to entire planetary infrastructure.

For several lunar cycles,
tremors were felt,
causing floods and gas line leaks,
transport of consumer products restricted,
more strict regulations
on cargo inspection implemented,
transportation routes disrupted,
societal interactions altered indefinitely.

—Tony Daly