27 July: for dVerse

I Might Deny Writing This

I cough
You cough
We’re both coughing with Covid

In the dark
Down the stairs
To the fridge
A late night snack and

I open the door, cold
Light spills across the floor
Feast or famine
It’s an empty wind that’s blowing.

Mayo
Mustard
Chutney
Capers

One egg
A pear
No taste
No flavour

Kimchi
Pickles
Roquefort
Grapes

This is nuts
I cough
You cough
We’re both coughing with Covid


dVerse ice cream names. I chose This is Nuts  2001  – 2002 and Late Night Snack  – 2010 – 2014. The years reflect date of creation and demise. Image has nothing to do with anything, other than I like it – Clare Rojas, Black Bird, White Owl, 2020 ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter

25 responses to “27 July: for dVerse”

  1. I liked this poem a lot. And I enjoyed these lines – Light spills across the floor
    Feast or famine
    It’s an empty wind that’s blowing.

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    1. Thank you, Nitin!

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  2. Impossible, isn’t it? I have a client who basically lives like this permanentlly. She is 92, housebound, has never used a computer.
    She is reliant on the goodwill of her nephew. She phones through a pen-and-paper shopping list to him and he transcribes it into an online delivery.
    It sounds horrible, having to plan things to that extent, doesn’t it?

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    1. My mother, who passed on at the age of 95, was also computer-adverse (although she had an iPhone and could send me photos and a text occasionally). But she wasn’t housebound, which meant that her daily walk was to the local shop for necessities. She’d ring up the owner for anything too heavy to carry or that might melt before she eventually arrived back at her flat. The lack of village shops has changed life for the elderly, made them more secluded and dependant on others. We’ve forced our elderly into a type of hermitage.

      But I’ll tell you what, Bump, I’m angry that I’ve caught Covid. The kids come for a visit, and 5 days later, I’m sick as a dog (fever, coughing, snotty, lost sense of taste) even though I was masked up in public and I’m jabbed and boosted. Someone out there knew they had Covid, and they didn’t give a damn about anyone else around them. And I’m still testing positive!! 12 days!

      Anyway, enough of my grumbling. How are you? Keeping healthy?

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      1. I can fully understand your anger. Honestly, I thought it was over after Omicron. And the new strains seem like immunity of any sort (whether from jabs or from catching it) is incredibly short lived. It really does seem unfair that you got it when your family were staying.

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        1. The NHS is now saying that the spike proteins have changed so much that even PCR tests can’t detect it (although Laterial Flow can). Peder’s on his 3rd week, and he’s also still testing positive on Lateral Flow.

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      2. Same, same, here. Got to Bournemouth last weekend. Good by the sea but the town has become very run down.

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        1. Haven’t been to Bournemouth in ages…

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  3. This is very cool. Like Nitin, I like the 3rd verse. Brilliant.

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    1. Thank you, Worms. I just discovered that my tastebuds recognise lemonade. So I’ve got sweet, salty and sour, but nothing savoury.

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      1. 😦 I hope things get more normal soon. I know it’s not fun not being able to enjoy food.

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      2. Three out of four ain’t bad! Hang in there I’ll take sweet any day ❤️

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  4. Your poetic expression says it all! I hope you feel better soon, Misky. Hugs 💕🙂

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    1. Thanks, Harmony.

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  5. Recoup, Sister. Don’t stop writing while you do, though.
    Be & Jerry’s plant is about half-an-hour’s drive away; I don’t know if they’re open for tourists, but…

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    1. I’m trying, Ron, I’m trying, but I’ve been warned this will take a while. Seems I’m one of these “long covid” type people.

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  6. First….apologies for Mr. Linky shutting down early…that situation is now rectified. If only I could so easily press a button and you would be feeling A-ok again! So sorry you have contracted this scourge. mmmmm and how I’d miss savory…hope your taste buds quickly enlivent themselves for everything! Poem says it all….the repetition is good and would be just like the cough…hacking and repeating itself. All the flavors you mention really relate to what it would be like to see them and not taste them. But, glad with the vaccines and double boosted that you have not ended up in the hospital. Hope you flunk that test soon…as in get a negative result. This is the last pub I’ll be tending for a while as we set out traveling on August 11. We will be doing back-to-back cruises with Celebrity so am really being careful with the masking. Today is basically the last day we’ll be seeing anyone until we depart. Have to have a negative test within 48 hours of boarding….and then once we board, will mask in all public places of the ship and on excursions as well. Small price to pay to still be able to see the world. But sure hope we can avoid Covid throughout it all. I don’t blame you for being angry that someone gave this to you.
    Here’s hoping you are feeling much better very soon!

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    1. Thanks, Lillian. Glad you had a chance to read it. And many happy journeys to you.

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  7. So sorry Covid is lingering, my sister is dealing with a few long Covid breathing issues (she is physically fit / a long distance power walker / non smoker.) Hoping your symptoms abate soon.
    I enjoyed your poem, the rhythm, the story.

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  8. Appreciated this, loved the image and, like all of us in your fan-world, wishing you and partner a speedy return to good health and discerning taste-buds.

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    1. Thank you, Peter. ❤️

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  9. Sorry to read this Misky. Hope you are healing nicely. Missing your voice too in the poetry world. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Grace.

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