Flu Bird (Draft 1)

Flu Bird

Who knew flu would come again
from bird to bird to pig to human
assuming many mutated forms, a spreading

storm of sneezes across the world
stirring up brews for brooding
clouds hanging over chicken soup
a reign of forboding virus, but

many don’t succumb
or get hit by lightning
in their tanks or cars
though many are
run over by swine

not fine in any case of woe
where soup falls into the wishing well

if there’s any justice,
we’ll meet again
in the meadow by the lake
for goodness sakes, only just
sneezing joy from pollen and tickles,
and never struck by lightning

— Douglas Gilbert

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