They Suffer by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois


That’s all they do

Even when they go to work

and complete their daily tasks successfully

even admirably

even when they socialize with friends

even when they put on a brave face

they suffer



All they would need to do

is to take a little pill

once daily

There are a lot of them out there

If one doesn’t work

they can try another

If they have side effects from one

there’s always a different one to take



No one needs to suffer anymore

Suffering is needless

All you have to do is to take a pill

once daily

The one that’s blue works for many people

There are millions of prescriptions for that blue pill

filled every year



I’m not talking about Viagra

which is also blue—

that’s an entirely different problem

though sometimes those two problems are related

depression and impotence

what they now call “Erectile Dysfunction”

or the code E.D.



No one needs to be depressed anymore

No one needs to be impotent

Take two pills

and life is improved immeasurably



You no longer need to have an okay day

followed by a down day

followed by another down day

You don’t feel this way because you’re a poet

or someone who’s really sensitive

You have a mental illness

like millions of other people

Be honest with yourself

and get help



They won’t even make you do talk therapy

They won’t worm your secrets out of you

You won’t have to reveal anything

your crimes, your shame

That was all in the old days


If you have a compulsion to share

you can share

but nowadays you don’t have to


©2017 Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois


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Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over twelve-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.


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