Effluvium

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Effluvium

Stillness in my room. Stillness in my bed. Stillness in the evening sky.

Heat surging through my body. Blinding pain behind my eyes, pressing intensity into vision, closing it violently into darkness.

Sweat pours from body. The effluvium, foul reek of sickness, pervades the air, my soul, even the night sky.

A film of filth taints the otherwise purity of the night. Thoughts drift to fear of suffocation, not opening my eyes, not breaking the fever that ravages my body.

I must not yield, ‘do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light’*

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Based on my Covid-19 assumed illness, this is the view out my window.

Written for 100 Word Wednesday: Week 142

*This last line is from Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

In whole the poem reads:

‘Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should rave and burn at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.rage.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

 

🖤 When I use my own images for our prompts, I post them on Instagram where we follow each other 🖤

Are you on Instagram? If you aren’t, you should join me there – many of our fellow writers are there too! I’d love to follow you there!! If you are, reach out to me so I know who you are!! Let’s build our writing community both here – and across platforms!

Also, I can’t help but stick in this throwback video from my high school days, and when I get down and out, this battle cry washes over me during recovery – not as an attempt to surrender – but as a reality check. Things aren’t that bad:

 

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  1. Simply check my feed, or search the reader, for the 100WW or tag #100WW, post each Wednesday. I’ll also be posting on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Feeds.
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