Dogs 2006

SICK DAY
(2/12/06)


the flu

it's been
a few years
but here
it was again

the flu

not much
to do about it
but wait it out
fever, chills, nausea
the worst at first
then the cold
and cough
symptoms
later on
oh joy

at least
it hit me
on a Saturday morning
I worked a few hours
then headed home
stopping at a drugstore
along the way
the plan
to tank up
on over-the-counter stuff
put a blanket
over my head
and emerge
on Monday morning
hopefully able
to make a fist
and possibly
drag my dead ass
back to work

it was
a good plan
as plans go
but the initial wave
of medication
ran its course
and I found myself
feverishly awake
late in the
afternoon

reading
was out of
the question
in this pseudo hangover
so I would write
a few lines
only to find
that I couldn't spell
any words over
four letters
with any
certainty

that left
more meds
or possibly…
I reached for the remote
and clicked on the TV
to happily find
a college basketball game
watching them run pointlessly
up and down the court
gave me a bit of relief
taking what was left
of my mind
off of my own
sickness

the commercials
weren't as good
confusing me
as to the source
of my sour stomach
we must be a stupid people
to buy into
such stupid
pitches
although
apparently
somebody
was buying something
that these fools
were selling
otherwise
they would give up
wouldn't they?

after the game
things got worse
local news
and local
programming
reminding me why
that I usually
got my information
from the internet
making me feel more
a citizen
or inmate
of the world
instead of any specific
locality

my own people
frightened me

later
the programming declined
along with my health
apparently most people
were out getting drunk
on a Saturday night
and thoughtful entertainment
was not needed
at home
surely
I was hallucinating
this rubbish
and was
apparently
more ill
than I had initially
surmised
but no
unfortunately
this was the
real deal

finally
it was midnight
or possibly noon
who knew for sure?
at any rate
I stumbled off
to my bedroom
containing my
comfortable coffin
of a bed
no TV in sight
and although
I was sicker than
I had been in years
I somehow felt well
in comparison
once away
from that
box of
banality

maybe
it would be
better
tomorrow