#AtoZChallenge 2017 – I for Ill

The boy had become ill quite suddenly. He was shivering, clutching the blanket to his body tightly.

“It’s your fault,” the father shouted. “You’re the one at home. You should have taken care.”

“Mine?!” the mother’s voice countered. “You’re always at work. If only you could spend some time with him.”

The argument had begun again. It only needed a trigger.

Both wanted to be right, but neither saw him close his eyes and cover his ears.

My theme for this April is something I call ON SHORT NOTICE. The topic for the letter I is Ill, suggested by Roshan, in the previous post. I request you, my readers, to suggest a word with J that might inspire my post for J. I’ll choose one from the options I get, and write on that. I won’t choose the same reader for successive days. Thanks in advance!

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
11th April, 2017)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

22 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge 2017 – I for Ill”

  1. Very powerful message using such less words. Child psychology that most parents miss. We often speak about the children than to the children. This is a realistic scenario too.

    A very good take on “ill”. The child is physically ill but the parents are slightly off mentally without knowing where the priority lies.

    I like that you can handle a sensitive issue with such few words too. I am discovering new facets to your writing..Keep Impressing Vinu. You have a fan in me.

    My suggestion for J would be Jealousy, Judgement and Jeopardy. Hey Janie could be a topic too ?

    • Yes. I wouldn’t call them mentally ill, but they’ve lost sight of the priority in that moment for sure, Janie.

      I’ll try for Jeopardy, but not sure how it’ll turn out. 🙂

  2. A good one..Explained the ego between the parents who could not take the responsibility..It also shows how they found faults with each other instead of treating the sickness..Reality check !

    Launching SIM Organics This April
    Menaka Bharathi *

    • Yes. The focus is on being right, rather than being happy or adjusting. Causes more problems than solves it I think. Glad you liked my take on the topic, Sreedeep.

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