The Diagnosis

Your symptoms indicate, Earth,

A humanoid infection.

Humans are pests,

Always present, usually harmless

Until their populations explode

Most often due to prolonged periods

Between ice ages.

A red line along the twilight

And an elevated temperature

Are dead giveaways.

It’s rare, but in the latter stages,

The disease is sometimes accompanied by brief but intense

Atomic flare ups.

There is no treatment,

But take heart,

The infection is usually not fatal.

The disease cannot live in its own waste

And most often turns upon itself.

 You must simply let it run its course.

In just a little while you’ll be fine.