modern medicine (a.k.a. pill popping)

most days for breakfast
i have cornflakes, peaches and low-fat soy milk
with

three grey and pink capsules
which increase my appetite
and make my face round
and are meant to make me healthy
one yellow tablet
which makes me nauseous
and destroys my immune system
and is meant to make me healthy
and one white tablet
which gives me headaches
and makes me woozy
and suppresses the nausea

some days i wonder
why i bother

Paula Harris

Published in Takahe 41
January 2001