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Madeleine Beckman
To My Body Screaming

Green clay smeared on my leg to suck out the demons.
Calmatel cream massaged into my knee to bring down
        the swelling.
Hot salt rinses for my gums to clean out the infection.
Hydrogen peroxide washes for my tooth to calm
        the eruption.
Wellbutrin 200 mg for my emotions.
Naproxen tablets for shredded cartilage from too much
Amoxicillin capsules for something, I forget what but
        it shouldn’t have happened.
Arnica granules for all the bruises inside and out.
Trazodone gel caps to fall asleep and forget for a moment.
Ibuprofen pills to ease the cramps from hell,
and strong Spanish wine to wash it all down.