The Twelve Days of Sickness

On the first day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

An allergy to a moldy tree.

On the second day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the third day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the fourth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the fifth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the sixth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the seventh day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Seven hopes a-dimming

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the eighth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Eight heavy quilt-things

Seven hopes a-dimming

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the ninth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Nine dreams of dancing

Eight heavy quilt-things

Seven hopes a-dimming

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the tenth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Ten bouts of weeping

Nine dreams of dancing

Eight heavy quilt-things

Seven hopes a-dimming

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the eleventh day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Eleven tissues wiping

Ten bouts of weeping

Nine dreams of dancing

Eight heavy quilt-things

Seven hopes a-dimming

Six inhalers spraying

Five fever dreams

Four bawling words

Three calls from friends

Two doctors' gloves

And an allergy to a moldy tree.

On the twelfth day of sickness,

My ailment gave to me:

Wellness oncoming!

No tissues wiping!

No bouts of weeping!

No dreams of dancing!

No heavy quilt-things!

No hopes a-dimming!

No inhalers spraying!

No fever dreams!

No bawling words!

No calls from friends!

No doctors' gloves!

And no allergy to a moldy tree!