Hate being sick.
Its an admission of weakness.
Body, soul, mind shutdown
in protest to the long hours.
Those nagging inside voices vs.
those nagging outside voices.

You are baffled,
Thought you were following
those rules:
water, milk, juice,

Annoyed when the bones
and head ache and.
Pride ignored the warning signs
until you found yourself in bed,
exhausted, watching the same ole
detective/crime tv shows.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.