The Spring Cold Blues


The Spring Cold Blues

While I should be off-to-sleeping,
instead I’m coughing, sneezing, seeping.
My poor throat is scraped and raw
and herb tea sipped at through a straw
doesn’t seem to help at all.
Tissues rolled up in a ball
litter the table and the floor.
I cough, then blow, then cough some more.
I sweat and shiver and sweat in turn.
Sometimes I chill. Sometimes I burn.
I can’t lie down lest I should cough.
Propped up on pillows, I fall off,
knock tea to floor and break the cup.
No energy to mop it up.
So, with my head still in a fog,
I sit up straight and write this blog.
If I were horse or sheep or cow,
I’d know the secret of just how
I could sleep while still erect,
but since I’m not, I still elect
to sleep while prone whenever I can.
Tonight, it seems, that’s not the plan.


Hey!  Just realized this is my 4,000th posting!!!

11 thoughts on “The Spring Cold Blues

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        As we didn’t have liquid hot sauces tabasco style in Russia, a tablespoon would mean either powdered or paste-like (adjika). Warning: I nave never tried it, but I did try another authentic Russian remedy: swallow a tablespoon of butter, drink up a glass of vodka, then follow with a second tablespoon of butter. Knocked me down dead, but in the morning I was as good as new and was able to play a final recital. Things we do in college!

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      2. lifelessons Post author

        Ha!! I love that all your cures involve vodka! Went to dr. today and found my lungs are both filling with water.. why I can’t lie down and why I have absolutely no energy. This is the first time in four years I haven’t done a new blog. Sitting up helps with the breathing but then I can’t sleep. Longing for sleep. xo

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      3. koolkosherkitchen

        Isn’t it better to fill your glass with vodka, as opposed to filling your lungs with water?
        I know what you’re going through – terrible! Speedy recovery to you, dear friend!


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