“Sick” (With elephant)



Each twin of shiver
on bed, a trademark cold
branding throat
with slogan too sharp
to swallow; I pay instead
through the nose.


A quick and kind of silly poem for the Real Toads “get listed” prompt hosted by Fireblossom.  I am suffering, in fact, from a text book cold, which has the great benefit of excusing adherence to New Year’s resolutions!

Those wierd crinkly grey ghosts are meant to be kleenexes.  (Sorry!) Take care.

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30 Comments on ““Sick” (With elephant)”

  1. Nicely played for a sick person–and paying through the nose is especially hard on elephants, I think. Get well soon, k–or just luxuriate in the sense of being compelled to stop running and working and stressing until you get bored with it. (No, really, hope you feel better soon.) The kleenex ghosts are a pretty cool image, actually, little shells holding our expelled discomfort, and haunting the floorboards, ;_)

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Thanks. I drew over old drawing and it didn’t quite work the way I wanted. I have one pretty serious obligation tomorrow, but I may just do that one and then get home again. It is very cold here.

  2. Get well soon Karin. I sometimes find writing when ill brings out some wonderfully surreal ideas… 😉

  3. Aw, poor you and elephant ~ genius poem k. Get well soon.

  4. Mary Says:

    I love what you do with that iPad Ap! I admire anyone who can ‘do’ art of any kind. I hope what you have is only a cold and not THE flu! Hope you have had your flu shot. Shiver under a warm blanket, and be WARMED.

  5. Sorry you’re feeling miserable – thanks for sharing your elephant and your poem.

  6. Sherry Marr Says:

    I love the wry humor in “I pay through the nose”. Hee hee. Get well soon. Meanwhile enjoy the lying down time. Being sick is the only way we ever seem to get any!

  7. brian miller Says:

    ack sorry to hear you are under the weather k…no fun to be sick, esp in winter….as the shivers are def hard to rid of…hope you feel better soon k…

  8. kateri Says:

    Perfect–never thought of elephants and colds together, but the two do go together quite well. I hope you are feeling better very soon.

  9. janehewey Says:

    pay through the nose. sorry to hear you are congested, k. another few days of rest before the Real resolutions start… ! My 7 yr. old son is looking over my shoulder and is enamored with the letter-shaped stars. I told him they are kleenex, as the elephant is sick. He smiled. Star-shaped kleenex ought to be pretty powerful in kicking a cold. get well soon.

  10. Laurie Kolp Says:

    I can most definitely relate. Kleenex must make a fortune this time of year. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  11. Helen Dehner Says:

    I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well ~~ in spite of it all, the artwork and poetry is stellar! Get well soon.

  12. claudia Says:

    oh sorry to hear you’re not feeling well…ha…love the elephant though…smiles…get well soon k.

  13. jasmine calyx Says:

    This is hilarious! I love it. 🙂

    My favorite part:
    “branding throat
    with slogan too sharp
    to swallow”

    Your title makes me think of morning sickness and the expression, “great with child.” Only here, you’re sick with elephant rather than child. 😉 So either there’s an elephant in your tummy, or this is a variation of having a “frog in your throat.” Either way, you got me giggling. Great job!

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Thanks. You know it’s funny that I’ve gotten associated with the elephant – of course, it’s because I do really like to draw them–but I wonder if sometimes people think of me as a largish person because of it – I’m thinking of your “great with child” association – or elephant in tummy. I’m not exactly petite but not particularly large either – so funny how these things happen in digital word. Thanks (if you had anything to do with list.) k.

  14. I hope you feel better K ~ I enjoyed the lightness of your words ~

  15. Well, personally I like that you write, literally, right from where you are. I do hope it’s a fast passing cold. Get well!

  16. Herotomost Says:

    This is one of my faves of the day I think. It might seem silly, but the way you put it together is ingenious. And couple with that piece of art and the fantastic title, I felt pretty excited as I read it the second time, the last line is great. Loved it!

  17. Love it! It might be branded silly, but it says it all…I like “I pay instead through the nose.” 🙂

  18. Now I loved the pic! It’s just chaotic enough to convey that the elephant is really sick, all roiled up inside. Loved the comment on the trademark sort of “sticking in your throat.” Elephants are one of my fave creatures, and I often draw them, too. A whimsical poem, for sure, but far from silly. It’s the opposite of taking oneself too seriously, and I love that quality. Peace, Amy

  19. Hope you’re feeling better today, k.

  20. dani Says:

    ah! hope you are feeling better by now!

    may the rest of the year treat you more kindly!

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