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Influenza

It seems like I’m hit with a dose of flu
My skin feels so sensitive to the cold
It will run its course nowt else I can do
It's harder to shake off as you get old.

I feel I’m not here my head is away
Dosing my self with medical potions
Lemon drinks are the order of the day
With care I take in measured proportions.

Worst of all I've got no inspiration 
Nothing coming in or out of my head 
I'm in a state of mental stagnation
Feel like a zombie lying in this bed.

I sweated profusely throughout the night
Hope after six days I'll start to feel right.


Written 17th December 2018.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/28/2019 4:23:00 AM
Greetings Tom. I wish i had seen your work before. It has been ages since i have been on here. Lovely. It appeals to the medical missionary in me. I'm certain by now you are out and about. no more of that ailing. strong to have shared your experience and in a very descriptive, detailed manner. and all who have had it, can related and agree as they read. Written well. Jesz
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Date: 1/28/2019 10:52:00 AM
Thank you very much Jesz,for your visit and comment, Im happy that you liked my poem. Regards Tom.
Date: 1/26/2019 12:34:00 AM
Hi Tom, How did I miss your influenza which I am sure by now you have recovered from! Although you went through a tough time, you produced a gem of a poem absolutely love it. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 1/26/2019 1:51:00 AM
Thanks Jennifer, thankfully I recovered in time for Christmas. Greetings from Ireland. I'm still here. Tom.
Date: 1/12/2019 9:03:00 AM
Hi Tom, I have cold right now as we speak. But I'm getting much better. I got so bad that I thought I had the flu. But when I went to my doctor I found out that was not the case. Feeling much better now. It think it do the changes of the weather-Alexis
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Date: 1/12/2019 12:27:00 PM
I had it just before Christmas and thankfully I was ok for the holiday season. I'm glad you didn't have the flu but a cold lingers and makes you miserable, hope your soon ok. Tom.
Date: 12/22/2018 1:15:00 PM
I do hope that you are better now, well you see coke is my first love, so no matter what's the temperature, I will drink atleast three chilled cans a day, because of that I often have inflenza, so I know this feeling very well, I absolutely hate that thing especially when it is so much that you can't even drink water, good luck my friend and I really enjoyed reading this poem of yours
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Date: 12/23/2018 12:59:00 AM
Thank you very much Faraz for your good wishes. Tom.
Date: 12/21/2018 8:29:00 PM
Hope you feel better... I had something like the flu, but no fever, just non-stop coughing. It lasted a good 10 days...Get better soon.
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Pashang Salehi
Date: 12/26/2018 9:03:00 PM
Indeed...
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Date: 12/22/2018 4:18:00 AM
Thanks Pashang, it seems to be the bugs season, a lot have them at the moment. Tom.
Date: 12/21/2018 7:35:00 PM
It's NO fun at all. I am knocking wood as I have not been hit by it in ages. Hope you are well now in time for Xmas!
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Date: 12/22/2018 4:16:00 AM
Thanks Andrea, I'm a lot better now thanks. Put me behind as I had a lot to do, but at least I'm okay for Christmas . Tom.
Date: 12/21/2018 8:55:00 AM
Tom I hope you are doing better now and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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Date: 12/21/2018 9:19:00 AM
Thanks Wren, I'm over the worst now. I too hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Tom.
Date: 12/19/2018 9:32:00 PM
G'day Tom … nicely presented vision of a dreaded lurgy. It does steal you're train of thought for a while - get better Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 12/19/2018 9:39:00 PM
Thanks Lindsay, it sure does, but over the worst now.on antibiotics at the moment and will finish the course in time for Christmas, cheers
Date: 12/19/2018 8:27:00 AM
Nice one, Tom, I sure hope your'er not sick and it's just a poem.. ... enjoyed reading.. Have a very Merry Christmas. Eve
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Eve Roper
Date: 12/19/2018 9:59:00 PM
Get well.. Hugs Eve
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Date: 12/19/2018 9:44:00 AM
Thanks Eve, sadly its a true story, just getting over it. Couldn't focus on anything and then the flu inspired me. Tom.
Date: 12/19/2018 5:51:00 AM
Tom, I pray you feel better dear friend. Tis the season for nasty colds. Hot toddy's and plenty of water. Get well soon...Charlie
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Date: 12/19/2018 7:56:00 AM
Thank you very much Charlie, I think I'm over the worst now. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Tom.
Date: 12/19/2018 2:30:00 AM
They call it a simple cold/flu but there is nothing simple about the dreadful aches and fever or heavy head filled with a running faucet of a nose. I hope you feel better in record time Tom. You have reminded me of just how miserable it is to have the flu in winter. At least it inspired a poem.Blessings my friend. Hugs, Connie xxoo : )
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Date: 12/19/2018 4:42:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie, last few days have had little interest in anything. You just feel rock bottom, as I got better thought I'd write about it. Still not 100% but getting there. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 11:45:00 PM
Tom, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been suffering with the flu, but your sonnet commemorating your illness is wonderfully done. Warmest wishes for a full and speedy recovery.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/19/2018 4:39:00 AM
Thank you very much Susan, I'm much improved and slowly got my muse back too , thought I'd honour the occasion. Hope you have a happy Christmas. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 5:05:00 PM
Tom, I'm sorry to hear this and thought you weren't posting because you were busy with Christmas activities. Hope you'll get well very soon, dear friend. Thank you for the lovely card that arrived yesterday. Take care of yourself. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 12/19/2018 4:33:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn, it knocked me for six, just couldn't get motivated, I'm better than I was but just resting now, jobs will have to wait . I'm glad you got the card. Hope you have a lovely Christmas. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 2:24:00 PM
Is it the flu or a cold? It does sound like the flu though... us men we always fall apart when we get the flu.. such a horrid awful illness.. Hope you are aback to your best soon.. A flu sonnet.. Awesome!
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Date: 12/18/2018 2:39:00 PM
Thanks SO, not 100% but getting there. You take stuff just to take the edge off but it still runs its course. Thought I'd honour it with a sonnet lol. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 12:10:00 PM
It is hard to keep a good man down
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Date: 12/18/2018 12:14:00 PM
Thanks Timothy, nice to be back though as soup becomes a part of your life. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 10:50:00 AM
i'm getting the sniffles lately with this change of weather, tom... take care and don't forget vitamin C... you were missed!...huggs
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Date: 12/18/2018 12:11:00 PM
Thanks Nette, hope you dont go down with anything. Seemed to lose interest in everything for a few days. Slowly bouncing back. Thanks again. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 9:30:00 AM
Oh gosh, I remember my last experience with it; it's amazing the misery one little bug can create in the human body. Sadly the muse gets the flu, as well but, you'll be happy to know that there will be a brighter day. Hope you feel better soon.
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Date: 12/18/2018 10:04:00 AM
Thanks very much M.L., you're right it causes so much misery and you just lose interest in everything. Todays been the best day so far so hopefully I'm over the worst. Tom
Date: 12/18/2018 9:27:00 AM
Let your body heal for now, my friend! Plenty of time to write those inspired poems later! Hugs...Kim
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Date: 12/18/2018 9:01:00 AM
Oh, It sounds awful. I hope you feel better very soon Tom! :)
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Date: 12/18/2018 9:17:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, it knocked me for six, but thankfully on the mend now. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 8:32:00 AM
Ah, Tom, so sorry to hear this; it is no fun at all, but you have used it for inspiration, so that is something, right? Get better!
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Date: 12/18/2018 9:13:00 AM
Thanks Caren, slowly coming out of the black hole, still feel a bit hot at times but nit as bad as I was. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 8:05:00 AM
So sorry to hear you've been unwell, tis the season for colds and flu, sorry you have been suffering Tom, welcome back my friend:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 12/18/2018 8:20:00 AM
Thank you very much Jan, over the worst hopefully but not going to risk venturing out, wind and heavy showers at the moment. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 8:01:00 AM
I had to check your site first thing this morning to make sure you were o.k., as I've been missing your sharp wit and good cheer---and there it is: Influenza staring me in the face. Here's to a quick and complete recovery, Tom!! May that infernal bug be squashed!! Best wishes, healthful thoughts and blessings, Gershon
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/18/2018 5:06:00 PM
Yes, Tom has been missed.
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Date: 12/18/2018 8:19:00 AM
Thank.you very much Gershon, my minds been elsewhere, just couldn't focus on anything, just lay in bed staring at the ceiling. Thankfully a lot better today. Thanks for your good wishes. Hope you're well. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 7:44:00 AM
It is that season. Enjoy the bed rest Tom. It will be gone soon.
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Date: 12/18/2018 8:10:00 AM
Thank you Vijay, I'm over the worst of it now thankfully. Tom.
Date: 12/18/2018 7:02:00 AM
Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. Many aren't feeling well at this time of the year. My mom and son are fighting a cold as well. It's understandable that you have no inspiration to write.Take care of yourself my friend. I hope you are feeling better soon:-) Alexis
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Date: 12/18/2018 7:38:00 AM
Thank you Alexis, the past few days I felt like I wasn't here but thankfully I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. Tom.