If people would take care of themselves
when they get sick
we wouldn’t have these epidemics.
Kids get sick and go to school anyway
because parents have to go to work.
Teachers get sick and go to school anyway
thinking no one else can do their job.
The grocery store cashier
sneezes on our produce.
Even the dentist looks like
he should have stayed in bed for the day.
Free range germs,
passed around wholesale.
No vaccine can stop them
or the mutations and permutations.
We need to be re-educated about how to be sick.
Drugstore cold remedies
but do not kill germs.
Pumping drugs into our bodies
and going on with life as usual
is not how to handle illness.
Call in sick,
take Vitamin C, healthy remedies,
read a good book,
sip hot lemon and honey.
until you’re better.
That’s the preventative
everyone in our society can agree to.
We all just have to do it.
©Sharron R. McMillan