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Falciparum

Poetry, Vol 6: Iss 1

 

“nonimmune pregnant women are
disproportionately affected by the disease”

—Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

 

Maybe the woman on the field team

was the one to figure it out.

The immune changes

of pregnancy are not to blame.

Nor does the victim’s gravid body

make her a more luscious mosquito meal.

It is only her bladder,

forced to share space

with a trying temporary tenant.

 

She pushes aside the sheer nets

shrouding her bed,

sways slowly outside,

toes dig in the warm earth,

squats precariously

for a sweet release,

as a proboscis so silently

pierces her soft flesh.

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