RealTalk Poetry • Lifeless Eyes

20I hate the way we take our pills.
No question, reason, disorder.

Just a simple doctor’s note.
A 10-minute talk. A half hour order.

We’re told what’s wrong
& how to numb it.
With no desire to fight it –
we chose to succumb to it.

So,

we take our pills and all prescriptions.
Loud denials of our addictions.

But,

YOU know who YOU are,
and your mind is your meds.

For your mind; it can dive –
whereas meds. simply tread.

So,

stop what you’re doing and look at yourself.
Are you doing these things ’cause it’s best for your health?

Or,

Are you doing these things out of misguided advice?
Are you take your meds. to avoid who you are late at night?

Now,

I’m not saying your cupboard should be empty and bare,
but when it comes to our meds. let’s speak fair when it’s fair.

These meds. like a brand are built from money and greed.
These meds. fund vacations; and home’s overseas.

These meds. are big money, so why legalize weed,
when the rich of the world know they’ll lose cash to the seed.

Perhaps there’s a time when you have nothing to lose,
and that decision ALONE should be left up to you!

Be smart and be careful with what you decide.
Be accepting of help, but avoid lifeless eyes.

Don’t consume drugs the way they consume you.
Though that’s not taught in books –
it’s in the life that you knew.

And think,

Maybe your cleaning isn’t as much OCD,
as it’s your confusing desire,
to clean what you’re able to see.

And maybe your sleep isn’t all that messed up.
These insomniac nights are your mental wake up.

And your anxiety may seem like unbearable stress,
but perhaps that stress,
is no more –
than issues left unaddressed.

And your mood swings may be of confusion to you,
so find what they prey on.
Find what makes them come true.

And your body may feel so utterly weak.
The comfort of blankets, holding you week, after week.
But there’s food and the gym to once again make you strong.
There’s best friends and family.
Your companions,
lifelong.

And your weight – it may stay,
at the front of your mind.
But your diet pills bought,
cannot replace the hard grind.

And your depression may linger,
but let that bring change.
For no single pill made can change your long,
toxic ways.

You MUST find awareness and you MUST find the truth.

That no matter your pill count –
it comes down to you.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • Intense, and full of questions that go through a lot of minds. 😉 G-uno

  • Fantastic! Thank you so much 🙂 I’m glad it could come off at least (a little) intense, and trigger a few questions to run through your mind.

  • Wow… just wow.

    I’ve been on medication for depression and anxiety for about six months. For years, I’d had well-meaning friends ask me if I had ever considered medication, and I had never chosen to go that route because of basically what you’re saying here: I knew that taking pills was not going to solve all my problems. I knew that I had to work on myself, even though I wasn’t sure exactly how, and to some extent I’m still not sure. It took an off-and-on bout with insomnia that lasted for significant portions of 2014 and 2015, and several days of going into work after not having slept at all the night before (and, of course, having to work with exhausting pre-teens all day) for me to finally give medication a try. And I have mixed feelings about it. I have been sleeping better (ironically enough, since one of the listed side effects is that it could cause problems sleeping). But I really don’t think it’s helping me feel significantly less depressed and anxious. Maybe I just can’t see it myself (for example, my mom came to visit a few weeks ago, and she said I seem calmer). But I don’t know. I may need to have another conversation with my doctor soon.

    But thank you for the reminder that it really does come down to me.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Ah! I appreciate your reaction, Dennis. I’m so glad I could get a few thoughts running through your mind. There’s certainly pills and medication that help people, but it seems that more often than not, making changes in our life can be enough. It’s easy to rely on something we’re told will make us better when at the very least, it’ll ‘help’. Keep a strong mind!

      • Like I said, I decided to try medication because making changes to my own life wasn’t producing the results I was looking for, but I knew that medication alone wouldn’t fix anything. I just refilled my prescription, so when that runs out in a couple months, I’ll reevaluate if tihs is really helping any.

  • Fox In Multicoloured Socks

    I have re-blogged this on Fox In Multicoloured Socks because it is just such an astounding poem. Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    • That truly means so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you, Elysha!

  • Fox In Multicoloured Socks

    I also nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award 🙂

    • Thank you for the nomination! And congratulations on your own nomination. That’s great to hear that Fox In Multicoloured Socks is being recognized 🙂

  • Thought provoking, it’s true that to many MD’s just write a prescription and off you go. It’s very easy to go along with as little thought as the doctor seemed to give to your situation. An excellent poem and very good at breaking down all the things we should consider before we take that step into thinking we need be medicated to live,,,

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and furthermore comment! I’m so glad you agree. I wouldn’t want to minimize the impact medication CAN have on our life, but more often than not – there’s a lot more to our ‘problems’ than any pill can fix. I’m thrilled to hear that’s the message I’ve portrayed 🙂

  • Wow.. This reminds me of the time I had anxiety and panic attacks. I chose not to take pills as I believed that I could pull through in the end. I was so glad when the attacks stopped after 3 years.. This poem is truly thought provoking and powerful. Nice work (:

    • That truly means a lot. Thank you so much for reading, Lisa 🙂 I’m so thrilled it could prove powerful. People become so dependent on their pills when they, themselves, is enough. That’s fantastic to hear that you got through yourself. I can image it made you extremely proud of yourself.

  • katz journey

    Great poem. For me the medication has stabilised me enough to start making changes in my life that will hopefully, eventually, result in a life without meds but I’ve also come to the conclusion that even if I spend the rest of my life on meds in order to live productively, then that’s fine too 🙂

    • Thank you, Katz! That’s such a great perspective. As long as we don’t become dependent, or expect pills to be our ‘magic fix’, then they’re an absolutely fine (and sometimes important) part to surviving this chaotic world. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts/comments 🙂