Maybe it is an electronically transmitted cold
passed on by electronic mail
over the Internet
along with the blood and accidents in Phoenix
and family secrets.

I took two tablets of Alka-Selzer Night-Time Cold Medicine.
Feeling fuzzy.

In Phoenix, Harold is sleeping off his wisdom teeth surgery.
Celia is probably curled up with her five babies.
Harvey is out somewhere. In the gym most likely
or on someone else's couch
drinking scotch and coca cola from a plastic glass.

It's a warm night there.
Blackie is hunting in the desert
or licking her fur in the dark by the swimming pool.

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