Some Days, Tissues Can Be Signs of Life

i woke up
many times
last night:
at least
as often awake
as asleep.
when you
can’t breathe
through your nose
or your mouth
you’re in
trouble
and
the body
has ways
of warning you.

so i would
wake up
a little before 12:00
a little after 1:00
a little after 3:00
again around 4:45
reach
for my phone
check the time
notifications
& e-mail
then
find a tissue
to plug
weepy nostrils.

when i
finally got up
for good
it was
still early:
about 6:30 a.m.
i sat up
then
stood up.
my head spun
my body
sideways
and i knew:
i’ll be staying home today.
so i went
downstairs
for coffee
and
to drain my nose.

back
in my room
i noticed
it needs cleaning.
set my coffee
down
on a green Post-It
then
cleared
wads of tissue
from
under the covers
of my bed
and even one
from
under the pillow.

i give myself
permission
to celebrate (since
i must have
nearly
died several times
last night)
as the
sun
squints through
distant trees
into
a vivid
blue-green sky.

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