Life Creating a Jumper

then chemistry,
the quorum sensing,
creating biology in a spasm
of cells made strange by bacteria.

             scattered: pieces of metered words,
             stellated eyes, strips of moles and skin,
             muscles that made modal data,
             whatever songs were there to soothe her mind,
             now mingled so the palette of pavement
             serves to say what holy or just wholly
             without merit things she saw and said,
             shining so in the morning sirens.

The Fermi Paradox answered
by the shells of radio signals
too thin to overlap
before disengaging
from creation.

Sean Sam graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in 99 Pine Street, East Jasmine Review, and Two Cities Review. He has a website at