by Kevin T McEneaney
When mites crawl in your hair or on your hands,
you know you are headed for a shower.
Mites are not around to give you delight.
Most mites are virtually invisible.
They have been here about a hundred million years
and will be here when humans have vanished.
Although small, these arachnid descendants
have a large gut, eat flakes of your dead skin,
or strands of your fallen hair you don’t miss.
They eat the dust on the floor of your room.
Although everywhere, you don’t notice them.
Scabies often afflicts the elderly.
Do invisible mites control your brain?
Or is it your gut that controls your life?