We all breathe the same air,
air is truly catholic,
and the air we breathe is toxic,
laden still with the fine white dust of death.
When your house is infiltrated with asbestos
you have a couple of choices:
abandon the house,
demolish diligently and rebuild,
or die of the disease.
Well, the last is not a choice,
Asbestos is not something
you can get over
move on from
find closure for
or ultimately, ignore,
because it will gnaw
into your lungs and the lining of your gut
and kill you.
And you, and you
who lived in the house oblivious
or ostrich- like recalcitrant to believe,
you are more gravely ill than the targeted
if you think to maintain the house as it was.
If you own the house, if you inhabit the house,
you have to own that you own it.
Once a house exudes the abuse of asbestos
its people can only be saved by