I didn’t write this to a prompt – it just arrived more or less fully formed out of my anger. I will link it to Open Link Night at dVerse poets’ pub.
This is Not a Poem
It is a mudslinging moan
unnecessarily for months .
Why don’t doctors pay more attention
to the mixture of drugs they prescribe?
Why don’t pharmacists red flag side effects
and warn folk starting something new?
I posted yesterday of my joy
at finding the reason for the constant coughing
that has brought me low in spirit and body.
Today I went Googling and found zillions
of folk who’ve suffered like me
from just one of the medicines I take.
As a side effect of therapeutic Googling,
I found an explanation for my loss of balance
since taking Ramipril.
It could have caused me to fall -
imagine what bones I might have broken.
Laxity of regulatory authorities,
FDA, NICE, MHRA and the like?
Profiteering by drug companies?
Carelessness of doctors?
Blind spots of pharmacists?
All these lead to suffering and danger
to vulnerable folk already sick
or they wouldn’t be taking medication.
What’s to be done?
Should we march on London, Paris, Washington?
Sorry, I don’t have the stamina.
But I do have a brain and a pen.
And that reminds me,
It was only last November
that different doctors, different drugs
caused a crisis for my man.*
Aux armes, cityoen(ne)s!