to avoid seeing Marjorie in person as her condition might be contagious:
“Yesterday you wrote in your letter
that you are sick and not feeling better.
I hope this reply with pickle and lime
will give you a much better time.
In the event that this does not work,
I advise you to go see that jerk
down the street who calls himself healer.
He’ll give you a paper for the dealer
of sweet mint-flavored pills
that for sure will cure all your ills.”
– Felix Morgenstern (© 2011)
Written for NaPoWriMo day 9 in response to this: “... today you are encouraged to write a nursery rhyme. 4 to 6 lines, 3-5 accented syllables per line (don’t worry about making them iambs or dactyls or what…as long as your lines are short), and of course, a rhyme or two.”