Dogs 2010

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they sniffle
they sneeze
they cough
they complain

sore throats
burning eyes
upset stomachs
assorted
aches and pains

eventually
they call in

they can't
make it
to work
today

I want
to wish
just one
of my former
twenty five year's worth
of hangovers
upon them
so that they
could have
some source
of comparison
for suffering

it's always
a solid point
of reference
for me

going to work
hungover
while an asinine choice
required a bit more
intestinal fortitude
than most of them
could summon
for even
a minor cold

the phone
rings
and I move
the tissues
cough drops
and over-the-counter meds
over a bit
to answer it

"that's OK
I understand
get some
rest"

I hang up
and hurl
a lung nugget
into a paper towel
then toss it
into the
trash

I'm no
tough guy
but I'm
here

sick
in another way
that they'll
never
know