Sick days, or: Tissues

A piece of Tanka prose

For the past several days, my daughter has been sick; and my wife also caught the virus shortly after our six-year-old fell ill. Luckily, it’s nothing too serious – our child’s beloved doctor gave her a checkup and informed us that it’s merely a nasty cold. I haven’t fallen sick myself, but I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

beyond her fever
hacking coughing is the worst
bending her over
straining her stomach muscles
she's suffering in pieces


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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95 thoughts on “Sick days, or: Tissues”

  1. Hope they are both feeling better now. My heart goes out to her after reading your tanka’s last line.

  2. Always a tough nut when your child and/or spouse is ill.
    Once my hubby (for the second time and as an adult) got a child hood illness from one of our children.
    That high fever over several days was scary!

    Hope all is well now!

      1. Chicken soup!… and I can’t remember the order is it stave a cold, feed a fever or reverse! … “This saying has been traced to a 1574 dictionary by John Withals, which noted that โ€œfasting is a great remedy of fever.โ€ The belief is that eating food may help the body generate warmth during a โ€œcoldโ€ and that avoiding food may help it cool down when overheated. But recent medical science says the old saw is wrong.

        Sometimes the body temp rises beause we cover up our loved ones too much! But the fever is good in some respects, as it is what is taking ‘care’ of the germs? I know folks are always glad when a fever finally truly breaks.

        Cool compresses and lots of love.

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