Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yellow is the springtime of my decongestant

I don't recall ever suffering from hay fever until I moved to North Carolina. There's about a three week period in spring when the pine trees paint the world yellow with pollen ("tree sperm" as friend R calls it). My symptoms are usually not too bad, and only occasionally do I need a hit of loratadine (i.e., generic Claritin). A few weeks ago we went through a period of a week with sunny summery weather and no rain just when the pine trees were getting all excited. I was determined to keep up my regular evening walks, no matter how much I sneezed. The rain's arrival was literally a sight for sore eyes.



Yellow is the Springtime
of My Decongestant

The car is a giant
sugar-sprinkled jelly doughnut
to confused bees
hunting for the nectar filling.
As I watch with jaundiced eye
the first raindrops bead
into tiny powdered balls
that cling to the hood and windscreen.
Soon rivulets paint Day-Glo streaks
across the driveway,
the chartreuse Honda is white again,
and I can breathe once more.




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