Treasure Island

Susan Lacovara

(1963 / New York)

Low Resistance

You leave town
I develop a summer cold
That keeps me from leaving my bed
Barely able to lift my head
I tell myself I am sniffling
Because the sinus medication
Was past it's expectation date
I lie, out loud, to myself

You turn onto the interstate
Of another state
And I wait for the antibiotics to kick in
Face pale, looking thin
Perhaps I am allergic to your leaving

I was fine, before I wasn't...
Now mixing home remedies
Of herbal tea and love song lyrics
Swallowing handfuls of reread letters
In hopes of getting better

You tell me rest awhile, take it easy
There is no easy rest without you
Eyes puffy, I attribute that to cat's dander
And surrender to cool linen sheets
That mock me, in my melancholy medicated state

Why this fever now...
When I need the distraction of energy most
Busying myself with mundane tasks
Effortless errands
Erasing the overwhelming desire
To be under your care

Take two of these...And text me in the morning

Submitted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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(07/30/14) His medicated lab rat...awaits a cure...

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