Disease Causation

The epidemiologic triad or triangle consists of an external agent, a susceptible host, and an environment that brings the host and agent together. CDC

It is a strange, strange agent.

It cannot divide and multiply.

It cannot self-replicate.

It is a parasite, a predator.

It has a shielding coat. It invades,

infects a host, sheds its cover,

and replicates itself ad infinitum


until the host weakens and succumbs.

It is invincible to medical treatment,

began eons ago in a garden lush

with mangos, figs, pineapples, coconuts.

The Agent infected a susceptible host.

This first host replicated in the other host.

Contagion carries in living hosts

in perpetuity, in all environments.


One physician has the cure.

The writer has written sacred and secular verse for decades. He has been published in Prairie Messenger, Windhover, The Anglican Theological Review, Ancient Paths, The Christian Communicator, Time of Singing, The Christian Century, and others. He is a member of the Winston Salem Writers. He serves a life sentence, condemned to write verse. His Jesus Through A Poet’s Lens is now available via Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Peter+Carrington+Venable&ref=nb_sb_noss