Eyelids crusted over, refuse to open till
I bribe them with a strategic rub
Ah sweet, coaxing, perverse pain!
Kerchiefs, napkins and tissues martyred
To nose fluid, eye fluid and godawful sneezing
A dozen blessyous for an embarrassed atheist.
A serpent awakes, wiggles, growls, drums up
Thrashing tongue, inflamed palette
Vile dances in the throat.