Hives: Where Did They Go?

Although I rarely write body  poems, I write about

hives because there is a Happy Ending.

We all need those now.

I got hives in July. They just appeared . Arms and legs and I even

had a hive on my lip one day. No discernible source.

Every single day until November 11 hives appeared

I took Benadryl at night Zyrtec in the day

went to a few MDs

my favorite acupuncturist  Chinese herbalist

named Frank I took remedies moved my energy around

did not eat this and that nothing worked I still had

hives and then one inauspicious day last week

they disappeared. Not even one hive on my elbow.

Still gone.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. As a Christian, I would credit God. I assume other beliefs would credit a higher power. Maybe to teach empathy or simply to remind we are not in control of our fate and need to learn to take pleasure in the joys of the moment. We can choose to focus on the blessings of the moment or the problems of the moment. As the saying goes “one can’t change the past-that is why it is called history. One can’t control the future-that is why it is called mystery. One can enjoy the gifts to today-that is why it’s call the present”

  2. As you say, we all need “good news” at our time of life.

    I’m working on a play I would really like for you to read and comment on. Set in a small whorehouse in a ‘provincial/industrial’ concentration camp somewhere, probably in the Bohemian Forest.

    Love to you & Peter.

  3. This is a very good body poem. And it made me smile. I’ve had hives, too, and know the ‘happy’ when they disappear.

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