Probiotic


Doctors used to think
              the appendix was useless—


an unspinning cog
              minds forgot.


Look at what they've built—
                           colonies of humming,

warm,
               love.


The other organs have since moved on,


left the appendix
               to defend itself.
To build,
or to burst.

First published in Newtown Literary, issue 10, 2017