"O, woe is me T'have seen what I have seen, see what I see!" - Shakespeare (Hamlet)
The Chinese treat the common cold
with Ma Huang,
a plant associated with tea.
The Greek physician Hippocrates
supposed a build up of waste on the brain
caused the stuffed up noses.
By 60 AD chicken soup received
its famous reputation as treatment
by Roman surgeon, Pedanius Dioscorides
along with 12th century physician Moses Maimonides.
Others like the Christians in the Middle Ages,
believed the soul could escape the body
in a sneeze,
so they covered their mouths.
But it was good ol' hundred dollar bill
Benjamin Franklin who
informed us of the transference of the cold
through the air between people
as opposed to the prevailing thought that
cold weather was the culprit.
And yet, still today
the common cold
is just as common as ever
and we are without a cure,
which leaves me sleepless
with the baby who can't seem to decide
if he wants his head turned
to the right
or to the left
or just smashed directly into the bedding
with all airways blocked,
while my wife
coughs and sneezes her way into
a snooze on the couch.
Woe, is me.