Jennifer Caputo

A bottle beneath my bathroom sink
I can find in the dark
twist off the top
shake out 2 pills
and swallow

The unrelenting nausea
begging for aid
but that packaging isn’t conducive to opening in the dark

Laying in the blackened room
cold compress over my forehead and eyes
praying for sleep
anything to release the tension gripping the back of my skull

When it comes
the sleep is restless
painted with vivid dreams

But when my eyes open

Jennifer Caputo-Seidler (@jennifermcaputo) is a physician, educator, and writer. She is part of the core production team for the popular medical humanities Twitter chat MedHumChat.