Poem with an explanation: Maybe it’s broken?

Checking the email
for the fourteenth time

nothing’s bold.

Maybe it’s broken?


This poem is about a person waiting for a message.  They are checking their email repeatedly (so far, fourteen times in one day), but have not received a message they are waiting for.  More than this, the person hasn’t received any messages (nothing’s bold – new messages are bold in their email).

The person is anxious to get this message and the fact that they haven’t received it causes them to wonder if something’s wrong.  They question if their email is broken.

The person is worried and anxious and tries to find an explanation for the situation, which actually causes them more worry.

Poem with an explanation: silver clouds

one hundred and fifty
over ninety
the silver clouds form

This poem is about blood pressure.

The poem describes a situation of high blood pressure.  The blood pressure is one hundred and fifty over ninety.  This is related in the first two lines of the poem.

This reading causes the person who has it to worry.  Their worry is described as “silver clouds” in the poem.  The silver clouds forming quickly is a reference to a name for the element mercury: quicksilver.  Blood pressure can be measured in millimeters of mercury and this relates to that.