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.


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


  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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