Ode to Antibiotics

You come to me
Like a slow death
Clapping your majestic hands—
Dum, dum…DUM DUM (the sound getting heavier)
Piercing through my slumbering mind and ears
How dreadful it is to drag your lost legs towards the horizon of madness?
 
Dum Dum DUM
What infertile trajectory can it perceive?
What insanity will it expose?
 
Throttling the mind’s twisted thoughts
It squeezes my body
Like you’d do to an innocent animal
 
But the question here is not about
Silence
Or Madness
 
Or indefinite quietness
 
Hum hum hum OOOOOOOOOOM
Foolish man! That’s all I hear—
And the sheep in the fox’s skin yells at me—
I AM STILL YOUR CHILDHOOD FRIEND—
I LOOKED AT HIM AND SHOUTED BACK ‘F*** OFF WANKER’-
Excuse my insolence, but you’d understand that poets are no real heroes
But you’d understand that poets are no real heroes or shiny stars
Who would sweep your feet away, to the shore of pleasure and pleasure and pleasure
SILENCE
 
The Mad Man Speaketh
Why would you write such nonsense?
This madness needs to stop. Do you intent to scream in a similar manner?
Who cares?
 
And I run run run
After the hellish immortality and mortality of pleasure and pain and pleasure and pain
My fingers rotting
Like the freaking clouds
 
Isn’t this supposed to be Spring?
 
And I poke poke poke
Making it spill its bloody blood
 
Ah! Here comes the foolish man
From above and side-by-side
What mockery do you spew at me?
Just because I run away
 
From your foolishness
 
Now try to unwrap what’s not yours
And let it go
 
Sometimes things can go easy
If you compete with yourself
 
I have no intention to send my unborn children’s pictures
To the foolish man
 
Let him rot away
 
 
So I run run run run
And dance to the tunes of DUM DUM DUM
(the sound getting heavier)
 
 
Ah this craziness
When I get silent
 
I’m thinking to attack
 
Not people, but words.
 
Instead
I’m wounded
 
By this bloody antibiotics.
 
 
 Arun Budhathoki
 

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