My personal reading goes two ways, that of the creatures:
Ticks are actually arachnids, which means they're more closely related to spiders than they are to flies or mosquitos. HEALTH DOT COM
I imagine most of us know one or more people with Lyme Disease, for instance.
It’s the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. HEALTH DOT COM
The skin apparatus, and that of humans in particular, is an incredible mechanism both strong and valiant yet weak and vulnerable and prey to the smallest things.
So too are humans vulnerable to a tick in a box that could exclude them from their very own home, family, country, even if totally innocent.
A fun verse full of clicks and other sounds holding, for me, a disturbing truth.
TRUTH: an illegal thing only allowed by those who dwell in the opposite, and to never be released back into the wild.
THOMAS X AUGUSTUS SMYTHE 3023
Michael H. Brownstein's latest book, A Slipknot Into Somewhere Else: A Poet's Journey To The Borderlands Of Dementia, was recently published by Cholla Needles Press (2018).