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A Sonnet on the Names of Diseases

 A Sonnet on the Names of Diseases

I love the melodious names of disease,

Their cadences flow with the greatest of ease.

The ailments are horrid, but behind the black cloud

Lurks a lining of silver: their names said out loud!


Whether deep vein thrombosis, or compound necrosis;

Or fibromyalgiac lymphocytosis,

I would sing from Olympus like harp-strumming Homer:

“Myocardial infarction! O, Mesothelioma!”


My heart breaks to think of those suffering in pain,

With no palliative save such a cool-sounding name,

So I hope when my time to depart has come nigh

It won’t be from gout or a blow to the eye,


Let the last words my doctor proclaims that I hear

Be, “Acute Tyrotoxism* finished you, dear!”


                                                                     *Poisoning by cheese


                                                -- Linda Brown Holt



Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 03:25PM by Registered CommenterLinda Brown Holt | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

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