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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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THIS YEAR SO FAR


  

First my knee popped out.

Then I slipped on some ice

And made it worse.

Two and one half months later,

I finally have a pain-free day.

The very next day I get the flu

AND a secondary sinus infection.

Missed two weeks of work.

I figure it cost me five hundred dollars.

A month later, getting my strength back,

My back goes out.

Another week or two of pain.

Now, hayfever season has begun.

I'm getting all stuffed up.

One good thing--my thumb

That I haven't been able to bend

All last fall and winter--now bends.

Not completely mind you,

But who's complaining. 

                          

                                      -Tom Bates