{in celebration of sternutation}


a moment,
(some fanfare, a parade?)
if you please,
for the neglected,

for what better release
is there,
than a surprise
of air and spit
and violent glee;

the fantastic

and also,
ain’t nothin’ wrong
with any small excuse
to gift these simple words:


Walt has us pondering celebrations over at dVerse Poetics.
What can you celebrate today? 







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32 Responses to {in celebration of sternutation}

  1. Yes… what a great excuse… Here we say prosit instead. (also a good thing to say)

  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    You got me smiling & chuckling with this lovely sentiment. On a more crass note, for years, as I sneezed I forced myself to say–hooorssseshiiiitt! Sad, isn’t it?

  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Ha, an unexpected, sharp and sweet delight – much like a sneeze itself!

  4. Love this! Also… I can recovnize people by their voices, footsteps, and yes, sneezes. 😀

  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I can’t help but smile 😀 this poem is such a delight! ❤️ Beautifully penned, De ❤️

    Lots of love,

  6. Grace says:

    Achoo fun De 🙂 We also say God Bless you smiles, a gift to say and receive ~

  7. Just lovely. For some reason I now use the German phrase Gesundheit when I hear an achoo.

  8. God Bless You, De, just for the cause of it! And wipe your nose!

  9. Brian says:

    I said that to a woman once in a store and she snarled and spit at me ‘I don’t believe in God’. I was nonplussed.

  10. I so love this wonderful thing you choose to celebrate–the perfect release that comes from a huge sneeze and then the gentle blessing that follows.

  11. kim881 says:

    A poem in praise of the sneeze! Genius, De! It’s that time of year again. Maybe we should have a Poetics on bodily functions! Or maybe not…

  12. This made me smile, as I sit here with a tissue in one hand and some Olbas Oil to hand. I’ve been thoroughly blessed over the last few days!

    I read somewhere that people said “Bless you” because your soul could fly out of your nose when you sneezed. Don’t know if that’s true.

    Anyway, it was a great reminder of the blessings of small, unnoticed things. Thank you.

  13. I love this, the sweet sneeze of countless blessings :o)

  14. sree says:

    Cool…we can always celebrate!

  15. Bryan Ens says:

    Love the “violent glee” of the sneeze, and the world could use a lot more “God bless you” in it!

  16. ladynyo says:

    Oh wonderful! Such a small thing in life, but what great satisfaction! Bless you!

  17. Ha! 😃 Bless you, De, this made me smile with glee! ❤️

  18. Shawna says:

    I have NEVER heard of that word before, which totally stokes me. I stared at it for quite a while, trying to figure out what I was seeing. So of course, lots of hidden words started playing games with my eyes: consternation, stern, sternum, stern um, turn, notation, etc.

    I love this:
    “for the neglected,
    sneeze” … Hey, S knees. 🙂

    • whimsygizmo says:

      I hadn’t heard it either, but wanted an interesting word in my title…and I knew “osculation,” so I thought maybe there was a fun medical-sounding “-ation” for sneeze, and low and behold, there was. 😉

  19. Mish says:

    Of all the things that could create kindness and interaction in this world…
    Woo hoo for the achoooo!! 🙂

  20. Mark says:

    Gesundheit! This poem, your placement of words, makes me smile.

  21. Oh this made me chuckle!

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