Poetry Day: Allergy Woes

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(Title speaks for itself.  I get bad hay fever at times and I wrote this when things terrible.  I had just moved back to New York from Florida too.  So, it was months of pollen being my worst enemy and setting off an upper respiratory infection.  FUN!)

Sleepless nights
Where I barely breathe
Gagging
On the roe of plants

*

Invisible barbs
Clinging to my throat
Suffocating me
Before running out my nose

*

Those around me sleep
Tuning out my raspy cough
Mocking me
With their blissful slumber

*

A massive fit
Harshest of the night
Leaving sweat upon my sheets
And pain within my core

*

It has been months
With few respites
And fewer days to rest
As I answer the call of work

*

Now I rise
With a taste of rot
Etched into my tongue
Giving food a sour tang

*

This has to end
It cannot go on
I have reached my limit
I really need to breathe

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to Poetry Day: Allergy Woes

  1. L. Marie says:

    Oh how miserable! So sorry!

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  2. I guess anti-hay fever injections or antihistamines don’t work for you, Charles 🙁

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    You sound like you really need an allergist to find you some relief. My husband wears a mask (fancy THAT) when he’s outside in the spring.

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    • It’s hay fever. I’ve had it since I was a kid. Used to be mildly annoying until I moved to Florida then came back to New York. Now, spring and fall can be torture. This poem is from long ago when it was so bad that it led to an upper respiratory infection.

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  4. I wear a mask outside since I am allergic to everything. You have described allergies very well. My sympathies.

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