I woke up today
and felt ill.

I felt Ill because
I am ill.

I have always
been ill.

Ever since I was a kid,
I’ve been ill.

Today I feel ill,
but I have always been ill.

So let me tell you
what it means to be ill.

First there is to be ill
and then to be iII.

I am the number

and sometimes
it’s the weather.

What does this mean?
It always gets better.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His third book, Train of Thought 2: Almost Home is available now at the Oddball Book Store.