May 6, 2012

Side Effects

When I read the warnings
on my medication,
I'm surprised I'm still here,
each a little message
from god, meant
to teach both trouble
and sorrow. Benefits
outweigh side effects,
my doctor says,
his messy scrawl
a secret code
about my condition.
I present the prescription,
listen to the pills
being counted out, hurried
into the noisy vial,
swallowed each night
just before sleep,
one for today,
one for tomorrow.