Monday, January 25, 2016

Take your pill

At first,
I thought he had a speech impediment,
but I was wrong.
He didn't have anything,
not really,
except a label.
It helped him fit in,
caught him up,
they said.
But it made him stand out,
too.
He wanted to stay in,
all the time.
He did fit in,
almost all the time.

When someone said,
"Isn't it time to take your pill?"
he didn't fit in.
If it really was time, he left,
and went to the nurse.
If it was a rhetorical question,
he didn't say anything
at all.

It was an accent,
not an impediment,
that faded away
along with his label
years before
he walked that stage
before my smiling
eyes.