Bless You

It can happen at any time

you sneeze
with eyes wide
open and

nobody says
“bless you”

or even Achoo

and you slip to the other side
and as some winged fish
drink the river dry

now I suffer from déjà vu
landlocked –

but floating.

#WriteMap 103
#dVersepoets #quadrille

fish splashing GIF

Originally tweeted by Tricia (@triciasankey) on November 14, 2022.

Written for dVerse Poets Pub for Quadrille Monday where De challenges us to write a poem in 44 words that uses some form of the prompt word: wing

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

57 thoughts on “Bless You

    1. I had always heard as a kid that if you sneeze with your eyes open your eyeballs will fall out. But that wasn’t quite as poetic as taking a quick trip to the other side, so that version got nixed! 😄

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I feel like a good sneeze with eyes open could possibly provoke an out of body experience and jangle the chakras just enough to float through the rest of one’s life. 😄

  1. Our latest taboo. This cheeky one is too adorable. I still say ‘bless you’ by the way, while spritzing my magic tonic in the air to ward off the willies. 😉

      1. Gesundheit to your sister. At least she spread something more than water molecules. 😉 I’ve had lots of students out sick, including my night class today. And so it goes…

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