Ring around … with Roses

hamelin by falco

design by CP on original photo by falco

Ringed around with roses
With tissues wiping noses
Plague has brought the sneezes
Bubonic, black, with wheezes

Eastern rats we hold to blame
Held in ships awash with shame
Fleas that carried, heat restricted
Came with cold, released, inflicted
Swelling bubos in axial joins
Painful armpits, painful groins
Sweating, coughing, life depleting
Into town and country eating
Numbers rising, mass graves seen
They didn’t know of quarantine


Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #61: Quarantine in 67 words.

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16 Responses to Ring around … with Roses

  1. Dale says:

    That was brilliantly done.
    Here I was expecting a flowery post…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Judy says:

    While not too cheery … cleverly done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you, I wouldn’t usually pick up the challenge (Quarantine in 67 words!) but I saw at once what I wanted to write; thereafter it was just a matter of finding the rhymes making the count.

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  3. Indira says:

    Nice take. When that happened in India long back everyone was out killing rats. Now it’s eradicated.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Of course, while rats were part of the cycle, it’s the fleas that actually carry the infection. and those fleas will stay with the rats while the weather remains warm. But in an unusually cold period (and the Black Plague hit Europe as it was entering what’s been called the Little Ice Age) the fleas will then jump to other species. If I understand it right. I worked with a gentleman from Burma. His family had died of the plague. We in UK think it a thing of the past. It is not. I’m pleased to hear you’ve managed to eradicate it in India.

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  4. Brian Bixby says:

    A cheerful romp through a disease.
    You ever read Connie Willis’s “Doomsday Book,” a time travel story about two plagues?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. V.J. Knutson says:

    Well done. The word certainly led us there, and you have captured all the gruesome details.

    Liked by 1 person

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