By William Hugel
Come and get it while it’s hot,
Come and get it while it’s hot
The orange bottles that will sink
you into the blissful
“I don’t give a fuck, let me be”
drudgery of what is to be
your high school career
Listen little boy
Listen little boy
I’ve got the solution for you
the solution that will set you free
from the crickets mumbling in your brain
when you sit in the classroom
and can’t look away from the
sunlight sinking in through window pane
that touches the stain on the carpet
where your teacher’s voice bounces off of
telling you to “pay attention Mr. Little Boy”
Don’t worry my man
Don’t worry, I’ve played this game before
And I know what’s best for you
A little brown pill for now, a little blue pill
for later until we move you up to the little white pill
that will put everything into persepctive for you
just remember to take this one in the morning
and this one at night and I promise you
I promise you that by the end of tonight
you will feel the calm serenity of knowing
what the hell you’re actually supposed to be
doing at that desk all day.
Trust me friend
Trust me, I know what you’re going through
and these little pills will help you
through the day and I know it’s going
to make it difficult for you to brave
the ocean of faces you’ll be surrounded by
every single day, but you must remember that
I know what’s best for you, better than anybody
Don’t listen to them
Don’t listen to the teachers
telling you to adjust your behavioral
patterns. Just take the little pill
and it will clear your brain of
the constant wind blowing leaf
blades and pinecones and crickets
mumbling across the way.
Take the pill to make it all go away.
Just listen to me
Just listen to what I say.
I’m your psychiatrist
I’ve got a degree in medicine and psychology
and I know that I don’t know what
you’re thinking because I’m not a mind reader,
but you know that I’ve got a degree that
lets me know your mind better than anybody, even you.
So just take the pill. Come back tomorrow.
I’ll be here for you. As long as you pay.
Bio: William Hugel is a student studying literature and creative writing. He has studied fantastic literature at State College of Florida as well as been involved in the creative writing club called Swamp Scribes, performing in public readings at the school and helping to organize creative writing events. He aspires to continue his studies in literature and creative writing at the graduate level as well as enter publication in fantastic fiction.