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September 18, 2023


By Michael A. Griffith


Child-like scrawl,
serpent's belly run through ink,
a prescription for another pill.

Nine orange bottles now
on the kitchen table next to vitamins, pepper, and napkins.

Will this new drug betray any of the eight others I now swallow?
The two I inject?
The foods I ingest?
The body and blood of
how well do you heal me?
Heal thyself (as you would heal those who trespass against thee).

Doctor, how do you know so well,
prescriber or describer?

Doctor, how well do you know me?
Do no harm (that you care to know about)

Doctor, how do you make me well
healer or preventer?

Article © Michael A. Griffith. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-07-02
Image(s) are public domain.
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