INSOMNIA GOES TO THE DOCTOR

Argue, acne, carcinoma,
     Anthrax boils, granuloma,
           Botulism, lues, cystitis,
                 Beri-beri, blepheritis.

Dandruff, diabetes, coma,
     Chancre, shingles, melanoma,
           Atalectesis, arthritis,
                 Alzheimer’s, and dermatitis.

Creutzfeld-Jacob, diarrhea, cholera and gonorrhea,
Fibrillation, retinitis, septicemia, St. Vitus.

Quinsy, scurvy, syphilis, scabies,
     Usher’s, ulcers, tetanus, rabies,
           Toxic shock, stenosis, sprain,
                 Roseola, rupture, sprain.

Epistaxis, halitosis,
     Hangail, atherosclerosis,
           Lichen planus, laryngitis,
                 Pneumothorax, yaws, nephritis.

Macular degeneration,
     Paranoia, constipation,
           Malaria, pediculosis,
                 Placenta previa, psychosis.

Plurisy, pertussis, itch,
     Pemphigus and facial twitch,
           Dysmennorrhea and colitis,
                 Erysipelas, phlebitis,

Yellow fever, croup, stenosis,
     Torticullis, trichinosis,
           Warts and ronchi, tic, cirrhosis,
                 Hemorroids, Addison’s necrosis.

Migraine and nystigmus.
     Quartan fever, flu,
           Tourette’s and the measles.
                 Scarlet fever, spruce.

Gangrene, lupus, rales, trachoma,
     Tinnitus and bone sarcoma,
           Leprosy and herpes, hemophilia,
                 Pick’s disease, bunbonic, then, diphtheria.

Neuropathy, neuritis,
     Mumps and then gastritis,
           Syncope and sickle-cell,
                 And I’m not feeling very well.

Joanne Greenberg

Books

Jubilee Year 2019
All I’ve Done for You
2016
Miri Who Charms
2009
Appearances 2006
In This Sign
1970
I never Promised You a Rose Garden
1964