So there it was.

Carbon 12 (6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons)

was the sign of the beast.

We had been looking for a conspiracy,

a gov’t plot

to implant microchips in us,

or tattoo bar codes on our hands.

Yet, there it was,

implanted in every cell,

and stamped in every

double-helix tattoo.

Evil was in our genes

a monster

in the labyrinth

of each fingertip,