Poemdog

Dogs 2016

OVER THE COUNTER LIFE
(12/27/16)

some
are fortunate

their calamities
are small

curable

if seemingly
continual

minor
miseries
seem to plague
their lives

but nothing
that can't
be fixed
with a trip
to the drugstore

they like
to complain

but they
try not
to overdo

not wishing
to invite
the gods
to visit
some true
catastrophe
upon them

they purchase
their pills

their powders

their ointments

and are fine
a week
or two later

still
they wish
for better

never considering
the emergency
room

the operating
table

the morgue

they check
their pharmacy
discount cards

to see if
perhaps
they've earned
enough points

for free
mouthwash