Fever

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Fever

Why do you roost on my head, Hen?
Lower your big bottom like a bell,
smother my face in vacuum and feathered clapper,
stand up, shake crud, strut in place
in my right eye, scratching
at the waste of retina, peck
my molars–

I can’t see your dumb bright blink,
your red wobble,
here in the darkness, without
a mirror,
even as you shift position, rock
bulk, and I curl up tight
and cold, everything cracking.

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Not feeling up to scratch.  May link to dVerse Poets Pub OLN.  May just crawl into a hole instead.  

PS – posted pic from iPhone and I think it is sometimes very large, so if you want to see it, just click on it.  k.

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13 Comments on “Fever”

  1. claudia Says:

    oh my head starts hurting just by looking at the pic… i’m not feeling good as well… left work early…coughing heavily…oy… hope you soon feel better…. drink a cup of tea… warm blanket…

  2. janehewey Says:

    I’m sorry you are in such gritty discomfort. the agitation is both picturesque and clear. “here in the darkness, without a mirror” is anchor-like, giving away your center point in the midst of the pain. I hope you feel better very soon.

  3. grammalynn Says:

    In a hole too! Perfect weather for it, too! Feel better! Lynn Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Ah.. nothing worse than the fever of winter… to have it in the eyes… as well — get better 🙂


  5. Feel better!!! Sleep helps everything!

  6. Steve King Says:

    Yes, there’s something in the air, even up here in the provinces…I’m on the way out of it. Hope you’re better soon.
    Steve K.

  7. hedgewitch Says:

    What a complete and killer metaphor, Karin–every word here turns a little fluffy chicken into a monster fit for a Greek myth–the cockatrice or whatever it was, just as illness makes the day to day grind unbearable. I hope you feel much better very soon. It must be the climate shock.

  8. Steve King Says:

    Yes there’s a plague of something in the air. Hope you’re better soon–though the affliction doesn’t seem to have inhibited your ability to compose and express!! –Steve K.

  9. brian miller Says:

    i like the use of the hen to symbolize all that ails us…and how it hurts as well…yikes….i hope you are feeling better soon k…..

  10. ds Says:

    Stick that hen in a pot and stew her! Feel better soon!


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