Pneumonia: Know your enemy.

by Bret Higgins   Oct 30, 2007

So, you want to know pneumonia?

The funny thing about pneumonia is that you have no idea you have it until you're practically on the floor in a bad dream of convulsions, expelling fluid from your lungs in this convoluted spasmodic vomit nightmare.

I say bad dream and nightmare both because the feeling really is bad enough to warrant the pair, it's a bad dream nightmare.

You cough and your lungs explode with a rasping heat that brings to mind inhaling ignited aviation fuel. I don't want to give Dante's vision much credit, but it's hot and it hurts like hell.

You daren't lie on your back lest you feel that excruciating drowning feeling gurgle its way up your trachea. Again. Trust me you learn after the first time. I mention drowning like he's familiar, a cousin or perhaps an uncle, but I've never drowned before.

Your temperature drops, yes drops. Think about that next time you have a fever then reverse it. It's like being undead. You can't rest; you can't sleep or pass out even until you have no energy left to shiver. That and your toes are caught in the perpetual twilight of a late autumn dusk. You just can't warm them... or your fingers. I say perpetual twilight of a late autumn dusk; I've been there before, more than once.

You know when the bad guy in the movies has been defeated and tries to get out his final curse but he ultimately fails in a bubbly death rattle and wheezy sigh?

That's pneumonia.

Bret Higgins 10 30 07


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  • 10 years ago

    by Lenny

    Thats a really fantastic piece. I like that you used those cliched comparisons but justified them. It's like drowning- but I haven't drowned. Cheeky honesty. Makes a great poem. (first line-know should be now-I'm very picky!)

  • 10 years ago

    by Sungrl And Mrs Whatsit

    This was well-done and is laid out like an interesting and poetic essay......Perhaps you could try 'thinking in phrases'..and get a rhythm going with all these interesting and poetic words...

    It would be
    a long and unusual poem,yes,
    it would
    be a poem...