My disease and your disease don’t need to get along.
A plague upon your house and your hospital.
Let me be ill alone so I can enjoy it.
Never let a festering wound heal while here’s still a chance
for it to ooze fresh puss.
Bio: Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Wolf Poems, Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, Waltz of the Meatballs, and Her Eyes. His work has appeared within the past year in Sketchbook, Bewildering Stories, US 1 Worksheets, Mad Swirl, Verse Wisconsin, Thunder Sandwich, Bond Street Review and many other places.