Do Not Take This Medicine
If you are pregnant, or are actively seeking
pregnancy, or are even picturing
yourself as a pregnant person, the yellow dress
with the empire waist you could still
wear, all the extra fabric gathered up when
you wear it now.
If you are prone to depression and feelings
of loneliness. To not deleting
voice mail. To forgetting how old you are.
If you also take other medicine, or if you are
allergic to chocolate, or oxygen.
On an empty stomach. Because we’ll know
if you’ve eaten. We designed
this pill to self-destruct if, when it tumbles
down your throat, it ricochets
around the lining of your stomach, unable
to rest and sink in.
From strangers. From doctors who are acting
a little strange, shaky hands
scratching tree branches onto prescription pads.
If you cannot say how sick you are. If you
cannot rate your pain.
If you have a heart murmur, or if your heart
murmurs to you what it wants
or doesn’t want. Ask your doctor if your
heart is healthy enough for
what you are feeding it.