A Look Inside the Medicine Cabinet

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics – “Medicine”

White-capped orange bottles
line top shelf. I need to discard
outdated medicines, 
and would
if only I could read 
the dates.
Seems to be more 
dog pills
than human’s. Shame I never

recall all of them when
I am at the Vet’s for yet another

Middle shelf in cabinet holds two
thermometers because we seldom
think they work. Alcohol wipes,
pink calamine lotion, bandaids,
and assorted tubes of creams
whose purpose I have forgotten.

On bottom shelf, a wealth of
stomach remedies in duplicate,
sometimes two opened at
the same time. Name that ant
-acid, we have it in stock.
Green pills, multi-colored
Tums, and chalky white
liquids. Poor tiny brown
bottle of eyedrops up front
complains of feeling over-
whelmed. What’s in your
medicine cabinet?


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to A Look Inside the Medicine Cabinet

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Your poem makes me wonder just what is in our medicine cabinet. There are a lot of vitamins in the kitchen, but I am not sure that is medicine. Bandages, thermometer. I’ll have to look someday.


  2. Jo says:

    I love your take on the prompt!


  3. Janice says:

    I fully relate to the dog meds…sometimes we think to do a list before going to the vet but not always…I like your poetic inventory.


  4. Strawberry Abbey says:

    I just love that line break at “ant/acid.” 🙂 The opened duplicates sound familiar.


  5. Wow. Well stocked cabinet. Ready for anything. Thanks for the medicine.


  6. Wow, I should check mine. Probably a lot of outdated stuff. We go through a lot of bandaids. Nice poem.


  7. Mish says:

    After a bathroom renovation, I don’t have a medicine cabinet. I try to not need one but I do have some emergency odds and ends in my bathroom closet….a few too many band-aids.


  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    That was funny tour. I was expecting a punch line in the end, but having no punch line(s) was almost a punch line in itself.


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