Jabberdoc

WITH APOLOGIES TO LEWIS CARROLL

’Twas Tuesday, and the Astra Ven
Did slurp and glurp in the bile:
All flimsy were my muscle bones,
Tho’ Gluten-Free Weetbix made me smile.

“Beware the Jabberdoc, my son!
The needle that bites, the swabs that catch!
Beware the blood clot, and shun
The voluminous Bandaidsnatch!”

And, as in stanza thought, I stood,
The Jabberdoc, with eyes of flame,
Came white-coated through the Balmain wood,
And snortled just like morning rain!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The needle came for its daily snack!
Leaving my arm, a little fuller but,
Well before any impact I could track.

I took my Medicare card in hand;
Long time the rebate had I sought—
Exhausted by the GumGum tree
I stood awhile lost deep in thought.

“And hast thou now slain Covid Nineteen?
There in the arm of this ancient being!
O jabjous day! Time for a second Flat White
Then off to Melbourne for friend seeing.

’Twas Tuesday, and the Astra Ven
Did slurp and glurp in the bile:
All flimsy were my muscle bones,
Tho’ Gluten-Free Weetbix made me smile.