Dogs 2013

SAINT SICKNESS
(2/2/13)


I cough

I sneeze

my head
aches

I'm running
a fever

I stay
away
from everyone

they're
calling it
the "half flu"
but it feels
more like
three
quarters
to me

I sit
at my desk
on a Saturday
alone
in this
office crypt

work
at least
takes my mind
from the
illness

somewhat

I actually
feel so bad
that I seem
almost
holy

a martyr
for all
that is health
and light

blowing
my nose
now a rite

a penance

being
sick
the most
important thing
that I've done
in ages

finally
I am
human

I feel
a part
of you
again