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Dogs 2019

STUPIDITY SYNDROME
(2/17/19)


the condition
manifests
in a variety
of forms

today
I cannot sneeze

the problem
started
a few weeks
ago

when in
a room
full of people
I had meant
to merely
suppress
any rude
nasal outburst

but managed
instead
to mentally
block the reflex
entirely

now

even
when quite
alone

that image
flashes
through my mind
with the least
of sinus tickle

and before
the process
can begin

I am left
stifled

frustrated

congested

unable
to reset
my senses
to regain
any normal semblance
of sneezing

my inner
nose
itches

my head
compresses

my eyes
tear

I drastically
inhale

but no
resulting
expulsion

I walk
around
all day
in a constant
state
of expectation

of dissatisfaction

feeling
snot
blocked

and stupid

exhaustingly
stupid