Writer of the Month

Sue Harris

Tau*

I am Tau

potent

insidious

stealthy

indestructible

I travel unchecked, furtive

building my destruction

a lurking tiger that springs

I hunt

judges

plumbers

grandmothers

actresses

I chuckle

I snicker

I smirk

at billions in endless research

drugs, diets, denials

exhaustive experimentation

fruitless efforts, all, to destroy me

feelings, an empty well

memories, a blank chalkboard

intelligence, a nonsense maze

I even make you put your pants on backwards—

I am omnipotent and yet—

*Tau proteins form amyloidal plaques and tangles in brain, commonly found in Alzheimer’s disease.

You can find this story and many others in Reflections

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