Fever Dreams by author and poet Abbie Johnson Taylor #Author’sCorner #PoetryPlace #WordPressWednesday

Fever Dreams by author and poet Abbie Johnson Taylor #Author’sCorner #PoetryPlace #WordPressWednesday

Fever Dreams

by Abbie Johnson Taylor

January, 1975, trying to get home from school

one day at the age of thirteen,

I found myself on the wrong bus.

Mother appeared.

I didn’t believe it was her,

told her I was on the wrong bus.

She said I was in the hospital.

I was swimming in a creek with friends.

One girl said she needed to take my temperature,

made me lie on my side, stuck something up my butt.

Later, cold, wet, sitting in a classroom where I didn’t belong,

I tried to get up.

The teacher told me to stay in bed.

I was lying in a grocery cart,

Mother wheeling me around the store.

An employee approached,

asked if she could clean my earrings.—Mother agreed.

Afterward, Mother said she had to go.

I begged her not to leave me in the grocery store.

She said I was in the hospital.

After drifting in and out of many such scenarios,

I eventually came to my senses in a hospital pediatric unit.

Diagnosed with pneumonia, I would survive.

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Author’s Note: A prompt from Creative Writing Now to write about having a fever inspired the above poem. I also wrote a response to a six-sentence blog hop prompt on the same topic, which can be read here. It’s interesting how one prompt can inspire two pieces of work.

About the Author

Abbie Johnson Taylor has published three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Her work has appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders,and other publications.

She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, with her robotic cat Joy, where she worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents and in other facilities. She also cared for her late husband, who was totally blind and suffered two paralyzing strokes after they were married. This is the subject of her memoir and many of her poems.

Visit her Website.

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2 Comments

    1. Good evening Abbie and All.
      Thanks for reblogging and boosting the post.
      It’s a good one.

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