Sitting in a crowded coffeeshop
makes one think of the common cold
and how best to avoid its clutches.

Touching any surface just screams
“Infect me, damn you,” at the lovely
bacteria surrounding all of us here.

If you think hand sanitizer
will keep you clean, you’ve got
another thing coming. Just be prepared

to trudge around your place
with a bathrobe and a box of tissues
for a few days, making excuses not to do

anything other than drinking
plenty of fluids and finding
new streaming movie services

that won’t cost you anything
but your naïve soul’s opposition
to the piracy of digital media.