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The Yearly Check Up

November 23, 2015
By jasminedavis16 BRONZE, Bartlett, Illinois
jasminedavis16 BRONZE, Bartlett, Illinois
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Have you thought about taking Prozac?

A medication to improve your mood, sleep, appetite and energy level?

It may help restore your interest in daily living.

No, Doctor, I’m fine.
It’s not that I’m not interested in daily living,
it’s that I can’t.
I can’t get out of bed and face another day without him.
I can’t pretend to have fun while I’m missing him dearly
and Doctor,
you can’t change the natural process.
You can’t speed up the unknown amount of healing time.
There is not a special pill you can give someone to help them better swallow their grief
and I am reminded this everytime I sit down at the empty dinner table,
choking on the leftovers of what once was a family.
A family of four has been reduced to ¼ of its original size
for my father hasn’t made it home in 470 days
and my brother never calls.
I have never seen my mother so upset
and Doctor, she can’t leave her bed either.

With tears in her eyes,
she proceeds to mumble I’m sorry.

Me too.

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on Nov. 26 2015 at 9:27 pm
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Sweetie, I'm so sorry. But from reading your poetry I know you're strong. You write beautifully. And though I do not know you you make me proud for getting out of bed to create.

on Nov. 25 2015 at 5:39 am
desiqueen1998 SILVER, Dubai, Other
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Favorite Quote:

this is a nice one! its very touching.

on Nov. 25 2015 at 2:48 am
Sauntering_expressions PLATINUM, New Delhi, Indiana
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this is really nice!

on Nov. 24 2015 at 11:00 pm
wolfvomit PLATINUM, Jacksonville, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
“don’t fall slave to the serpent’s tongue”

Wow. Really nice. I can't really critique this, only in the way that it seems a tad bit like prose. But other than that I found it extremely wonderful. Amazing job.