by Kelly F. Barr
Kerchoo! Kerchoo! Kerchoo!
Oh, what am I to do?
Sniffle, sneeze, cough, cough, cough!
This is nothing at which to scoff.
Oh, the pressure in my ears and head!
Cannot sleep — coughing in my bed.
Cough relief ideas — I’ve tried them all;
Nothing causes this cough to stall.
Neti pot, cough drops, Echinacea tea.
From this cough, please set me free.
A tablespoon of honey, Vick’s VapoRub upon my feet.
This cough will not admit defeat.
Sinus allergies are the worst!
Why, with these allergies, must I be cursed?
It’s been a week; I’m not much better.
How much longer must I bear this fetter?