Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 242: Out of Season

Cotton candy man
Peddles his colorful wares
On a frozen street

He does a brisk business in front of the elementary school come spring. I guess he's looking to get a head start.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 241: Venturing Out

Like bedraggled ghosts
Remnants of the winter storm
Hulk along the curbs

I missed the winter storm on account of having pneumonia in Buffalo, but there are cars on our block that are still buried. Even though most of the snow from the original big storm has melted (I'm sure Bloomberg is taking full credit for that). It's like their owners just gave up and said "What the hell? We can take the train until spring."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 240: Uninspired but Well-Rested

I am still alive
But I have nothing to say
And I'm really bored

I have been under house arrest for the past week in an attempt to clear my lungs. I am no longer sleeping 20 hours a day and coughing the other four, which is a nice improvement. Instead, I am very, very, very bored. The doctor warned me this would happen. I think her exact words were "In two weeks you'll feel a lot better, but DO NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL or the pneumonia will come back. You're going to be really bored." I still get winded if I try to do something strenuous, like sweep the floor (!), but I was allowed to take a supervised 5-block walk yesterday. Since the walk culminated in Thai takeout, it was easily the highlight of my recent life.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 239: Wheezing in the New Year

My constricted lungs
Rob me of my words and leave
Me gasping for air

I still have pneumonia. There is nothing very poetic about a lung ailment that involves wheezing, phlegmy coughs, and exhaustion. On the bright side, I could probably clear half a subway car and get a seat to myself with said wheezy, phlegmy cough. That is, is I were allowed to leave the house.

Also, and I really can't emphasize this enough, don't even contemplate getting pneumonia if you don't have health insurance. If I had known how pricey these chest x-rays, IV antibiotics, and designer cough syrups would be I would have chosen a cheaper illness.

I also have two more weeks of modified bed rest to look forward to. I can't imagine I will find very much inspiration in my apartment, but I will do my best to post some haiku.