protected in turreted cystic castles,
an unwelcome burrow between scales-
it cuts beneath skin
feeding on tender tissue.
nestled in its bristly cocoon,
offspring shoots to the floor-
splintering into hundreds of frenzied parasites
ready to devour the group.
the phenomenon is not organic,
not bred in the habitat.
singular celled, smallest speck of filth,
it is ick.