kevin larder

Influenza Gender - Poem by kevin larder

I’m a man, so it must be influenza:
If only a cold I’d be of a different gender.
I’m ready to play chess with death & yield,
Role playing Bergmann’s Seventh Seal.

If I were female a Lemsip I’d take,
To struggle through the hours and make;
A thousand decisions to seize the day,
Pretending the cold had gone away.

But I’m a man, so big and tough
Simple influenza isn’t enough.
Get the comfort & sympathy
It has to be H5N1 for me!

A pandemic of sweat-fest proportions
The shivers, the pain & agonising contortions.
Yet with period pains & childbirth too;
Hey mister, just be pleased it’s the flu!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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