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Influential Influenza

by Chris Sorrenti

this year
a gift from Australia
Sydney, to be precise
that’s what the experts say
landing unwelcome
in my sinuses and throat

an unscheduled vacation
spent exploring the sofa
nose running faster than Niagara Falls
keeping the tissue industry in business
for at least a week

parts of my body
that have never ached before
left eye, gums, to be exact
enough acetaminophen
to fell an elephant
barely smoothing the rough edges
of my annual appointment
with the latest mutation

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Posted on 01/15/2013
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by A. Paige White on 01/15/13 at 01:15 AM

So sorry to hear of your influenza influx. Bless you!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/15/13 at 02:29 PM

Sounds horrible, only softened by seeing the poem date, and hoping this was truly in that past. May the shot keep it at bay this year! Enjoyable read - exploring the sofa - great line.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 01/15/13 at 11:27 PM

Hope you are better. Thank G-d; I USUALLY don't get sick- no flu shot- I just seem not to get these flus-not complaining- At least you got a great poem out of it. Take care!

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 01/18/13 at 01:53 AM

Great energy and humor, but that's kind of a gimme with your work.

Posted by Christel Crews on 01/18/13 at 03:12 AM

what a great and horrid explanation! i've had the flu twice in my life, and you have described it well.. something i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy! stay healthy! eat an orange every day and wash your hands!

Posted by Jody Pratt on 01/20/13 at 04:23 AM

"I'm glad it can't be transmitted through poetry!" - Hugh Lemma... I saw a study that proved just seeing someone sneeze can boost our immune system. Perhaps by reading this you actually serve to make us healthier. Thanks for that. :)

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