Heed not Steve

Cold

dreams of summer –
a rolled bit of tissue
in one nostril

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Unbeknownst

cold breeze –
his face tells
a story

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

I’d Like To Think

winter trees –
someone in the future
studying us

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Girded

another wave –
we can’t hunker up
so . . .

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

There It Is

January –
I haven’t seen the moon
all year

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Démarcation

second week
how is he so tired?
of the new year

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Until Now

he hasn’t
used his New Year joke
all year

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

No Tinsel

the new year –
a Christmas tree lies
in the alley

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© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Biding Its Time

Here’s a thing: I have a cold.

Yes.

I don’t have covid, no.

Unfortunately, a cold and a mild case of covid, share many similar symptoms. I’ve got a little bit of congestion. I’ve got a bit of a runny nose. I’ve got a tiny bit of a headache. It all started very vague and mild, and I’m prone to sinus congestion to begin with. But…

a symptom is a symptom.

So, I’ve taken a half a dozen or more rapid tests in the last month. The holidays were busy with visiting. I don’t want to get covid, but I’m vaccinated and boosted so the risk of serious illness is low. However, I also really, really, don’t want to give anyone covid. I don’t want to be the vector which puts someone else in the hospital, or worse. With that looming in my mind, before and after every social contact, I tested.

swab swab swab

Every test was negative.

By Saturday night, though, Lucie felt terrible and my symptoms became less vague and more nose-runningy. To make matters worse, I’ve read the antigen tests might not always detect covid, especially the omicron variant.

What do you do? The antigen tests keep saying negative but what if they’re wrong? How do you proceed?

Well, that’s when I scheduled a PCR test. Even with a scheduled appointment, I was in line, in my car, waiting to swab, for over an hour. I guess it’s a good thing. More people testing is better.

Anyhow, the results came back negative. Lucie also took a PCR test and her results were negative as well.

So that’s a relief.

I guess it’s just a cold.

Huh.

It’s just a plain, old, ordinary cold.

It’s been awhile.

Maybe Tomorrow

this new year –
his copyright
out of date

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© Steve Mitchell 2021