Thursday, October 18, 2018

DMC: "Cough & Sneeze" by David McMullin


Cough and Sneeze are a terrible two,
Wanted on charges of cold, strep, and flu.

Cough is the brawn, so victims take note,
He'll vandal your lungs and plunder your throat.

Sneeze is impulsive, the sneak of the pair,
With rash wild sprays he graffitis the air.

Their victims can often take weeks to recoup,
So lock up your doors and make lots of hot soup.

© 2018 David McMullin. All rights reserved.

Calef Brown has challenged us to write a poem that tells the story of two anthropomorphized objects. They can be an odd couple, close friends, mortal enemies, or meet each other for the first time. The poem can be about an adventure they have together, a conflict, a game they play, anything. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our October 2018 padlet by October 31st. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up presentation on Friday, November 2nd, and one lucky participant will win a signed copy of Calef Brown's latest collection of ghoulish poetry from Carolrhoda Books:


  1. Sad to say but I'm too familiar with this pair as of late. Terrible pair indeed! But, you did make me chuckle.

  2. Outstanding!
    Graffitis the air is my favorite!

  3. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine! Thanks for the chuckle, David. How much do I owe you?

  4. Graffitis the air--ha! Thanks for the laugh.

  5. Hee hee! Laughter is the best medicine with a pair like these... :)

  6. Fortunately, I capture the nasty sneezes inside my elbow where the graffiti is then washed away in the shower or the washing machine! So far, so good this beginning of the colds season!

    Fun ditty, David McMullin!

  7. Fabulous verbs! I read this yesterday on the padlet and loved it! Still do! :)

  8. Thanks for the warning! I will take precautions! (This was a delightful poem!)

  9. Hahaha! This is adorable. Thanks for the laugh.

  10. Love this! The Bonnie and Clyde of the respiratory system. Hahaha