is not coldness
the heat hots coldly
or the cold hots heatedly
but coldness
is not hotness
with extra heatedness
in the face of warmness
not hotness
or coldness


No Cold

Oh come on
I had a sore throat
and now I don’t
and I was all prepared to be sick
and I would have complained so much
and felt sorry for myself
and consumed a lot of ginger ale
even though I would have known it didn’t really help
and no
I don’t want to be sick
but stop teasing me like this


You had better
not be the harbinger
of a cold
suspicious feeling in throat

If you do
herald the coming
of illness
I shall be displeased

What fun
that you’re here
just in time
for marking


How silly you are being
O weather
unable to decide
whether to be really freaking cold
or just sort of pretty cold
and popping back and forth between the two
with blowing snow everywhere the whole time
though maybe it will be rain later
who knows?
You certainly don’t

Because I Like Waking Up Eleven Times in the Middle of the Night

I have heard
that some people are capable
of getting “mild colds”
that are over in a day and a half
and cause nothing but a few sniffles
and a throat tingle or two

They are generally
the sort of people
who see you huddled
red-nosed and constantly sneezing
in the middle of an enormous drift of used tissues
and cheerfully assure you
that they know how you feel
because they had a cough once
though it went away an hour later

I would like a way
to give these people my headache
as well as my sore throat
my constant coughing fits
and quite a lot of my mucus

the next time I hear the words
“It’s just a cold”
there is definitely going to be blood


is a Thanksgiving Sunday
taken over by the kind of cold
that clogs everything
and makes you cough every time you laugh
and stands on top of the mountains of work you should be doing
and laughs at you
because the cold is a jerk
and it does not approve
of long weekends