From the Vault: The Pandora’s Box Prescription

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As I sit here coughing

I contemplate this pill

A harsh Pandora’s Box

Holding hope

And an army of horrors

I am forced to swallow

With a bathtub’s worth of water

My shredded throat

Whimpering against the pill

Until it finds my stomach

Forcing me to wait

My mind wanders

I start to fear the worst

Hours of vomiting if I eat

Muscles popping if I wake

Nightmares if I sleep

Discharges of all manners

A feeling of fire upon my skin

The list of horrors

Is longer than my ills

All to cure a choking cough

And a runny nose

Will I heal without incident

Or will the worst befall me?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to From the Vault: The Pandora’s Box Prescription

  1. Bastet says:

    Oh you poor dear, so sorry you’re ill! But the box is pretty…. 😉


  2. sknicholls says:

    That was a miserable experience! I do hope you don’t have to go through that again!


    • This was about 2 years ago. It was a really rough patch and rather strange. I had an upper respiratory infection combined with severe pollen allergies. I forgot the name of the drug, but there was a long list of side-effects and I was desperate. How I got insomnia AND vivid nightmares is beyond me.


  3. If you can’t do anything else, you might as well keep writing. 🙂


  4. Your poem describes exactly how I feel right now…I get it all right!


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