Memories are nothing to sneeze at – NaPoWriMo Day21

Tree flowers are blooming! Actually I’m not excited: besides the delicate dogwoods the trees in bloom have flowers that are practically invisible. Oaks, ashes, birch, oh my! They are potent to allergy sufferers. And we can’t win in St. Louis this spring—when it’s not been warm, sunny, and pollenous (is that a word?), we’ve had loads of chill, rain, and mold spores. Mold and pollen have been my nemeses ever since my teen years when I cleaned out the stuffed garage for my mom, and tried to mow a field of weeds. If I’m silly enough to write a poem about allergies, it’s because they’ve been such a big part of my life. What in your life makes you sneeze, so to speak?

Danger lurked
In the cool, damp air.
I walked into it unaware.
There it was
Among faded layers,
Of yellowed newspapers.
It hid in stacks
Of ancient magazines,
Dusting pages in between.
I still couldn’t see it
Even when I started to sneeze
And my breath began to wheeze.
Ever since then
Library books are a lot less fun
Because my nose begins to run.

Linda Austin
“Cherry Blossoms in Twilight”


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Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats
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2 Responses to Memories are nothing to sneeze at – NaPoWriMo Day21

  1. I love the poem. My husband and both children suffer from terrible mold and pollen allergies (my daughter also sneezes in the presence of the least amount of perfume or cosmetics), and that's quite enough for our family. :p

  2. Linda Austin says:

    Oh, yes, perfume can kill me, esp if I'm already suffering allergies or a cold. So glad the church ladies don't seem to wear it much anymore.

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