We first saw them in dark spaces: cinemas, bars, clubs.
They were few and it was rare. We didn’t know enough to worry.
Then our friends, the people we worked with, started to show signs:
unfinished sentences; repetitive motions; insatiable appetite.
It became obvious when it spread everywhere:
A circle of friends, standing outside at lunch break, feeding;
A family of four, sitting at a restaurant table in silence, heads down;
A car idling at the green light…
We didn’t partake, but it began to gnaw at us.
There was something about the equation,
action-reaction, constancy, feedback, loop,
creating mountains of more,
the sun never setting on it,
people creating symbols,
symbols begetting symbols,
symbols eating people.
All those ideas
vying for your brain:
they want someplace to live.
Word Prompt: snack