RocPoetry/The Coughing Lady Ceases


by Mari

The phlegm crawls up the throat
and spews into ears
never ending
the work day not punctuated by the sound
but defined by it
A cough too cruel for a lady
the lung health of the men was investigated
who would suspect someone rounder
and more delicate?
She brought the machine
the coughing faded
over months
and was replaced instead
by the wheeze of the device
And then today
And again today
She's gone
not better, but absent
The coughing lady ceases.