Side effects

I am cocktail shaker
pill taker,
doctor and his orders
that have to be obeyed.

Listening to
someone yodel
but I don’t know who
it is.

The tablets,
though
not made of stone
could build a wall
and
I think of this when
I’m not thinking of you,
when I’m home alone
not
watching home alone
because that would be too sad
even for a pill shaker.

The big sleep’s coming
so
I’m saving up for it by
staying awake
and
I wonder if I’ll like it there
wherever there might be,

if there truly is an afterlife
what might be in it for me
other than
psalms and bible reading.
and vicars at Sunday tea.

© 2018, John Smallshaw.