A new but familiar orange bottle.
The safety lid to protect children.
Little, white pills.
entirety of your youth unprotected,
ethylcellulose, to keep it together
glyceryl behenate, to keep it together
microcrystalline cellulose, to keep it together
always finishing last in the mile run,
povidone, to keep it together
the regret you didn’t kiss her in the field by your junior high,
polyvinyl alcohol, to keep it together
hydroxypropyl cellulose (type H), to keep it together
the embarrassment when the teacher called on you with a mouth full of paper,
laughter that you could ever date her,
the light decaying behind your eyes,
keep it together
NDRIs reduce the re-uptake of dopamine and norepinephrine
allowing more to linger in your brain
with your childhood, still turbulent and swirling,
so the memories may repose and be protected
Rest for these ugly memories that are a part of you
but never again the whole you
The tablets are printed with edible black ink