This Pill is Hard to Swallow

by Sara Young

This pill is hard to swallow.

The petite pink orb sticks

In your throat and scrapes,

Clawing, choking, instead of gliding.

 

It teases the tip of your tongue,

Entangling itself with your saliva,

The foreign body, becoming

A part of yours as it melts to powder.

 

A self-administered parasite

To cure a self-inflicted plague.