The Poesy of Side Effects – Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016 (Day 4)

A friend who read the announcement post, with a bit about the Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month prompts, told me that today’s “prompt might not be as funny or ‘lighthearted’ as [I] might think”. I understand where she’s coming from. I’ve been sick long enough to know that the side effects of certain medications are nothing to laugh at—except if we are talking about Viagra, for anything that speaks of erections lasting more than 5 hours is freaking funny to me.

Anyhoo, my feelings about the subject go like this: if we’re going to cry over the possible side effects of medications (we need to live), we will spend a very long time drowning in tears. Crying for too long has negative effects on the immune system, so we might as well find a way to laugh at the crap we must put in our bodies, in order to keep other crap from killing our bodies. And since the last resort treatment for my tummy issues includes medications that could leave me purple, deaf and blind, I, my Luvs, will feed my immune system all the laughter it can eat. I know that everyone isn’t able to do this, but for those of us who can, let us grin until we scare the sickness away.

So… after the last prompt, I’m sure we need something lighthearted (and deliciously insane) to shake up the gravity of government funk. I may have just the thing:

Today’s Prompt – Write a poem, in which you make ruthless fun of the horrid side effects that come with some of the medications and medical treatments that are supposed to cure an illness. WebMD’s Drugs & Medications A-Z might help with this.

Link Instructions – Leave the direct link to your poem as a comment in the following format:
“By the Neck” –

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Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016

31 thoughts on “The Poesy of Side Effects – Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016 (Day 4)

  1. I am not sure where to leave a comment on your posts? Yes Marines do make tough patients yet so do Army! I loved your post on pills. That is my next one to post. I am going backwards to catch up. I would say to all of those who think your poetry is too dark, let them live in your body, go through your past, feel the pain of today and still keep a beautiful smile on your face and they too will need to get out what they need to get out anyway they can. This has been a great experience for me to learn to write from the side I keep hidden. Thank you Magaly. You are a blessing! Big SOFT hugs, Rasz

    • The easiest way is just to comment on one at a time as you go, methinks. 🙂

      I think tough patients come in all shapes and from all walks of life. Perhaps a few of us had gone through enough not so good stuff that we’ve learned to take the bad without screaming too much. Or, like you suggest, we’ve found a way to deal with the pain (physical and emotional) that doesn’t include falling completely apart. I’m so glad this helps you. We should all try to find ways to dance with our darker side. If we don’t, we lose balance. And without balance, there’s nothing but chaos left… and we know how that fellow works. (((♥)))

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