Sonnet composed while waiting for Anaphylaxis

Sonnet composed while waiting for Anaphylaxis

I couldn’t be certain
I wasn’t already sick
and just not snuffling
so I wore my mask.

Every day I took my temperature
to see if it had raised
into the triple-digits
but I remained stubbornly cool.

Today a second dose of mRNA
was injected into my arm
so I will no longer fear
the contaminated air.

Tomorrow I want to feel sick in solidarity
with all you who built your antibodies the hard way.

(Besides the obvious real-life inspiration, this was also for to this week’s Living Poetry Prompt to write a poem containing the words “air”, “certain” and “raise”.)


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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20 Responses to Sonnet composed while waiting for Anaphylaxis

  1. anitashope says:

    Hope it is not bad for you.

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Yay! Good poem but don’t you dare get sick!

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  3. Harley Reborn says:

    Best of luck to you. I just slept a bunch on the second one.

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  4. Kritika says:

    Hope you don’t get sick. Rest a lot.

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  5. Patty says:


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  6. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I am grateful to be vaccinated fully. Take care.

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  7. Intriguing. Even more so because I am allergic to almost everything….. Stay safe! Hope it all goes well for you!

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