Disgruntled Cyanobacteria: In Before There Was an “In”

Today’s Post Subject: Avant Garde From your musical tastes to your political views, were you ever way ahead of the rest of us, adopting the new and the emerging before everyone else?

You came to Yellowstone

to see wolves

and bears,

yet you barely glanced in

my direction.

Worse, you called me

“algae.”

Goddammit.

I am

CYANOBACTERIA!

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I am flamboyant orange

and proud.

My cyano friends are yellow

and like things HOT.

Then there are the cyano browns.

Those guys are real cool.

In 3 square inches

Of our beautifully colored mats

There are more of us

Than there are humans on Earth.

You think you’re so important?

We are the oldest known fossils.

We put oxygen in your atmosphere.

Try seeing wolves without oxygen.

We put nitrogen in the soil

So your plants can grow.

Did I mention, plants?

Those guys stole the show

A long time ago.

But those fucking chloroplasts

You learned about in school

Are actually cyanobacterium

Living within the plant cells.

You better recognize.

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