Sunday, October 7, 2012

Feed a Cold

R.A.D. Stainforth has the sniffles...


It's good to eat
when you have
the sniffles.

Your head is a bowling ball,
but go ahead, gorge
on chicken soup
and copious whiskey.

Lay it on a pillow,
stuff tissue in the nostrils;
call yourself
Princess Vanilla,
even though you don't look it.

As for starving a fever,
it's a little too risky ―

you always prove 

deliciously beneficial.


tk/October 2012


Sick Woman, 1665, by Jan Steen
Join The Mag creative writing group.

50 comments:

  1. Ah... words of wisdom in poetic form! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I like Princess Vanilla too! :) Being sick is somehow d only way to get pampered!!!

    Live to die at home!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your medical degree is in the mail.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Having suffered from a nasty cold for the last two weeks.... I wholeheartedly agree!

    ReplyDelete
  5. ah yes chicken soup and whisky.....do we all have colds this week???

    ReplyDelete
  6. Chicken soup and whisky - shall remember it next time I get a cold.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yes indeed I have my chicken soup in the icebox. I found this to be quite uplifting ... will you are I am sure feeling miserable. Be well.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's a good combo for fever, specially that caused due to cold !!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. sounds like a sound prescription -- I always believe in feed a fever, feed a cold. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. hah! came down with my first cold in years- chicken soup and wine was my cure!

    ReplyDelete
  11. LOL Reminds me of what my teen does when she has a sniffles. Plugs her nose up with Kleenex and lays there in her chair...dying. LOL
    Copious whiskey, sounds good to me. Enough of that you'd never even remember you have a cold!
    Fun read Tess.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Limoncello from the bottle works wonders.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Medicative words of wellness. I, too am coughing and wheezing. I have found that "Sleepy Time" tea and some Nyquil help me to sleep.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Sorry for colds- excuse me while I run away-thanks for the suggestions!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Dear Tess, henceforth you shall be known as Princess Vanilla!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Vanilla and whiskey, a combination of magic. To your health!

    ReplyDelete
  18. "call yourself
    Princess Vanilla,
    even though you don't look it." I love this, may as well think nice thoughts even when unwell.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Never before have I heard of a cold sounding so good, until now!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Are those flu shoots ready yet? The flu will be gone before they ever get pushing those needles! In the meantime, I love your remedies here, Tess. Copious Whiskey and sleeping like a princess suits me fine. Thank you for sharing this timely alternative to flu shots. =D

    ReplyDelete
  21. Being sick never tasted so good. I will be Queen Dulce de Leche ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  22. oh...the cold!! love the closure, Tess :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. "...gorge
    on chicken soup
    and copious whiskey..." I'm making a mental note, with winter coming on.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I personally like whiskey, lemon juice and honey.

    Wonderful poem. As always, you place the bar high.

    ReplyDelete
  25. :) Love how food, drink and colourful advice always merge into the poetics of Tess Kincaid. Copious whiskey might be a little beyond me... but if the Lady of the Manor suggests it...

    ReplyDelete
  26. Just how does one know the doctor you call womt be just another pesky Vampire ?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Copious whiskey is always a good Rx. How fun!

    ReplyDelete
  28. This Dr Mom says ... a nightcap of hot water, whiskey, lemon juice and a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar. "Down the Hatch,and straight to bed!", as MY mother used to say ...

    ReplyDelete
  29. Because of you Tess. I will make chicken soup from one of the free range chickens we sell in our little farm store. And when I am done I will force my husband to eat it and listen to my poetry. Life is food.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Ha! Very cute. She definitely has a certain glint in the eye. As does your poem. k.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love this line: "call yourself Princess Vanilla" Big smiles for this! :) ... You write things like this just to mess with him, don't you? ;)

    I'm a bit twisted, so I actually pictured him removing his head and placing it, severed, on the pillow with his hands. That's what I feel like doing when I have a cold.

    Nice touch of fever at the end, taking this in a different direction.

    ReplyDelete
  32. it has to be the angle of the cigarette. somewhere arc tangent of inhale over exhale is a coefficient of awesome. what...im in calc

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh, feed everything..starving is bad for the spirit! Speaking of spirits...cheers!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Read this to the Professor this weekend...well, RAD did. Made him smile and I think he's a bit better. This could be the cure for the common cold! He wanted to know who Princess Vanilla is:) Hope you all feel better soon. I'll be preparing whiskey tonight, just in case I succumb :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. You make a cold almost desirable....love this Tess! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Great take on the prompt and the use of home cold remedies!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Good grief: I just went through that and made do with oranges and mint tea.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Not being a fan of whisky - I will do without it...but will find something to take its place...

    Anna :o]

    ReplyDelete
  39. Very wise! Being Jewish, I make the best chicken soup. A guaranteed cure! And now I will call myself "Princess Vanilla" as well!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Whiskey and vanilla... I think she will be feeling better soon.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Giving up on soup, bring the whiskey...

    ReplyDelete
  42. Thank you, dear friends, for your kind comments...and thank you R.A.D. for another beautiful read...

    ReplyDelete

Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)