How it begins

This is not the time to wake up with a cold,
it’s no better than waking up on your own
but
it’s one more coffee
one more sneeze
rub some linament on my knees
and groan.

Those sheilas in the bubble packs
attract me with their promises of
‘ease your aches’ and
if that’s all it takes
I’ll take one or two
because
‘man-flu’ turns all men
into babies.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.