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This pile of pills keeps me afloat,
Washed down with beetroot juice each day
To keep the aches and pains at bay
And ailments more substantial. Who knows
Just where or who I'd be without them
Or what indeed each one bestows
To aid and optimise performance ?
The red ones and the blue ones, 
Each of some importance,
Mingle with the squarish pink and multi-coloured
Striped ones. Some dissolve in water
And are ready for the fray,
Ready for the battles , hidden from our sight,
Each has a role to play.
But are they players in a team,
With a clear united mission,
Or is each within our bloodstream
Jostling for position ?
We follow doctor's orders,
Blind faith is what's required.
These cures for our disorders
We've swallowed as prescribed.
Sometimes they'll solve the problem,
Sometimes they surely don't.
We hope they may prolong our life
But fear they maybe won't.
We can't predict our future
Or measure years we've gained or lost,
So keep on with the tablets -
And keep your fingers crossed !

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 2/5/2019 12:22:00 PM
Hi Peter! Indeed, we are on the same vessel. You touched a nerve in those of us in your situation. Great writing! In Appreciation, Panagiota.
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Peter Rees
Date: 2/5/2019 12:33:00 PM
Many thanks for this comment. Yes, we're all rattling away together. A humorous few lines, --- but not funny really !
Date: 7/28/2018 11:28:00 PM
Oh I got a big laugh out of this poem Peter, these words are so true, how could I go without my pills. They say to keep me alive. I think the doctors just want to make the money. As far as I'm concerned, I've lived a full life ...but not only do they want you take all those pills but to exercise...get real. If I once exercise, I probably would surely die. I really enjoyed your poem.
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Peter Rees
Date: 8/1/2018 2:06:00 AM
Thank you Donna. So many of us all in the same boat !
Date: 3/8/2018 11:42:00 AM
True words my friend. i know.
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Date: 3/5/2018 8:15:00 AM
Good advice...Stay alive...Enjoyed the read
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Peter Rees
Date: 3/5/2018 8:33:00 AM
Thanks Arturo
Date: 3/5/2018 6:32:00 AM
Be careful you might start rattling! I remember my battle with cancer, so many pills, I got fed up after a while and stopped taking them, preferred the pain... enjoyed your poem Peter..
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Peter Rees
Date: 3/5/2018 6:41:00 AM
Many thanks. Yes, so many of us all in the same boat !