If I can stop sneezing long enough, I will bask in air
that feels like silk, watch sun and shadow Seurat
and Van Gogh hills, fields, and streams, and revel in
the smell of woodsmoke, apples, cinnamon, and cloves.
Great to see people's steps quicken as the torpor
that weighed on them the last week of August silently
packs and slips out a side door. Big Plans are under-
foot. Soon be Halloween, then Thanksgiving. Homes
and offices are sprouting wreathes of woven straw,
acorns, and berries, and scarecrows wave from perches
concocted from bales of hay or pine straw. Everyone
is on the go. Football stadiums overflow and campuses
flower with students and cafes are doing land-office
business--. . .haaaCHOO!!
Did you know that one ragweed plant can release a billion
grains of pollen in a single season?
My sinuses are big as mole tunnels. My eyes are glazed
by goo. My head hurts and my ears are plug--. . .haaaaCHOOO!
Pass the antihistamine, please. Starts working, might be able
to see that maple y'all have been oohing and ahing over.
(c) Phyllis Jean Green
N: tad exaggerated, but t'ain my fault. My friend, Poetic License, done 'er!
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|Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi
|One of those unique things, thoroughly enjoyable.|
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|Pea, allergies! -- scratchy throat, watery eyes, runny nose, sneeze, cough, wheeze, yuk -- but with the beauty of season you describe who cares? -- there is joy in the air as well as those nasty allergens --so be up and about and enjoy while we can -- your inspiration was a strange one but your poem is a gem -- I bid you joy, love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|clever and fun!|
|Reviewed by D. Vaineo
|Phyllis, Another of your poems that make me smile!
|Reviewed by Joyce Bell
|FANTASTIC! JUST LIKE A POET, WHO JUST CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES(SMILE), TO TAKE THAT 'PAIN IN THE NECK' CONDITION AND CREATE A WONDERFUL WORK OF ARTISTICAL ENJOYMENT. THANKS FOR SHARING, PHYLLIS, AND GOD BLESS. LOVE & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS|
|Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
|Soon the threaten of pollen attacks will be over and we'll bask on ice. Good work, Phyllis.
|Reviewed by jude forese
|a little pollen goes a long way ;)|
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|....that darn pollen! I too act up to ragweed, I will toast you with a dose of antihistamne :)
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|Ah viewing the world through snot green colored lenses. Did you know most colorblind people don't see green? Count your blessings:-) Patrick
PS...I too have been snotting around for almost 3 weeks and can relate.
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
|mole tunnels...lol. I count my lucky stars on this one, Phyllis.
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Well although I don't have alergies I know relatives and friends that do so I sympathize with you on this one.
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|A fabulous brew of autumn, art and humor while shedding light on real life!
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
i like this light touch guide through
colour and time of year but the ole sneezes
are a pain in the ...nose, aren't they just!
Take care, Delightful Lady.
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|Awww, Pea, I am sorry that you are suffering with allergies, that is always so miserable. They say eating honey from local beekeepers works wonders in eliminating environmental allergies,but of course, it needs to be a daily routine, not just in allergy season. Flip-side, who doesn't love toast and honey for breakfast,hmm? From what I understand, it works like a homeopathic remedy...anyway, I loved all the fall images you captured in your wonderful poem. Almost made me long for some fallen leaves to rake...soon enough that will be my reality then I will be cursing each little crunch beneath my feet. I hope you feel better soon. Happy Halloween...hey, you could dress up as one of the Seven Dwarfs; you could be Sneezy, I will, as always, be Dopey.
|Reviewed by RWEHAVING FUN
|oh the joy, oh the jaw-breaking convulsions... hahaha... (I like your taste in artists as much as your delightful sense of humour, Phyllis)... just don't get your dander up!!|
|Reviewed by Axilea MU
|Sometimes, it's predictable and I know what I'm allergic to, but sometimes it's unexpected and hard to find the cause. So, it's good that you know... The season sounds fun.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|I have the same symptoms as you, but took an allergy test a few years ago and found out that I'm not allergic to any of the usual suspects, including ragweed. So, it may just be the change in the weather. Like you have described, I love the changes this time of year, rarely seen in Houston where the drought has rendered everything a golden brown of death.
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|Your note is almost as entertaining as your poem. I loved the exaggerations! (but not without pity for the suffering subject)
Otherwise, it's a most enjoyable write which makes Autumn much more palatable to summer-fans like myself.
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|lol. Ragweed is definitely a weed we could do without. Love it. Liz|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|hahahahaha...guess who's got the sneezes too!!