Monday, October 03, 2016

Counteract


Upon rising, faithful like a robot, I make my way to the bathroom, eyes-still mostly shut and open the appropriate partition. I shake the pills loose, a white one for diabetes, a green and white capsule for scalp nerve pain, and a clear, urine-colored vitamin D3. At night, I add Simvastatin to slow the inevitable clogging of my arteries, along with more diabetes and nerve pain meds. I don’t fight this ritual, as it is a small price to pay for staying alive for (perhaps) one more day, one more starry sky, one more orgasm into her perfect, contoured being.

I swallow good pills
hoping they will counteract
the bad I swallowed.

19 comments:

  1. The price we pay to stay alive, I know it well..good luck with it all...

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  2. That's a lot of medications but we swallow the good pills for better health and a more active lifestyle ~ Enjoyed this one Mosk ~

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  3. Nice closing lines on this haibun

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  4. Gayle Walters Rose5:57 PM

    The power of some medications to keep us going is certainly extraordinary. Love that last line.

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  5. A reality for many.

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  6. perhaps it is a price worth paying.
    i always hated taking medicine but i'd say those starry nights are worth it.

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  7. Ah, the regret and repentance in that senyru...touching, and sad.

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  8. I really really like that last line of the haiku... We do need those pills.

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  9. This is excellent. Your title is so clever.

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  10. A depth to this. Much more going on than the words.

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  11. This is so poignant.. sending love and prayers ❤️

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  12. You really have found the extra in the ordinary! I'm on similar medication: pills for diabetes and statins, plus inhalers for asthma. The routine of pill-taking is a bind and your haiku says it all!

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  13. As a diabetic, your poem describes my daily ritual, I must follow, as well. Do hope, you don't advance to the stage of needing insulin.

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  14. Concise. There are layers to this which make it intriguing. Counteracting is better than some who do not act at all, further jeopardizing their health.

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  15. Hahaha Yup!...you forgot the B12... as my son says, "Good to see you, rather than you be viewed." :-)

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  16. this is a haibun for the modern age, Mosk ~

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  17. We chemical our lives into another year. I don't do well with prescription drugs.

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  18. A haibun for everyone! Love your ending, B.

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  19. Yeah... the bad I swallowed. This is great. You know, sometimes I admonish myself for whatever behavior I (quite irrationally) think caused an aliment. Like, you swallowed the bad and now are paying for it, but you keep on. I get it. Or at least that's what I get from it. It's all worth it for that one more goodness, which is probably undeserved so that much more precious.

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