Quite August

The stomach has ulcers undiagnosed
the throat is swollen
the hands shake
and breathing is difficult.

I am queasy and my very structure
these bones and things
seem also to be more brittle
more stretched to breaking.

I have a speech to write
a meeting to give
the press to talk to
and many other details also.

All of this with a metabolism
recently returned from malaria
or some summer camp for dysentery.

It’s a Monday, the year of our Lord
and Mustang Sally seems far away.