The Meds

Take a med, cool your head

SEAMUS
Hey mom, are you still taking those pain pills?

MOM
Sometimes, when the pain gets bad, but I try not to depend on them. Why?

SEAMUS
Well, we’ve just noticed how it kinda changes your personality a little.

MOM
What do you mean?

TESSA
When you don’t take them you can be real bitchy, and when you do take them you’re like in a good mood.

MOM
Really? Well, pain is a game changer when your limping around like an old bow legged cowboy.

MAYA
Hahaha, that’s a good one, mom. But the three of us were talking about how medication has changed the way people act in the world.

SEAMUS
Yeah, so we put together a Rap song we thought you would appreciate.

MOM
A what?

SEAMUS
You know, Gangsta? Rap? Sheesh, this is embarrassing.

TESSA
We’ve noticed how people are asleep to what is happening in the world. They seem to ignore the most pressing issues as if they will just go away.

MAYA
They bury their heads in the sand or in this case in pharmaceutical meds.

SEAMUS
So, we figured something must be going on with the medications they are taking, because everyone’s on a lot of meds.

TESSA
A whole cocktail of them. And now three generations later many young adults today were medicated as children and we think there is a connection to why humans are sleep walking through their lives.

MAYA
Like they’re in a movie. Well, actually they are in a movie, the one running in their brains 24/7.

SEAMUS
Mom, so here it is. Your rapping skills are probably non existent, so we wrote these lines so you can just say them. Put a little angst and ummm, despair into your delivery, ok? Here, look, you  come in on these lines. See, there? Mom? You with us?

MOM
Rapping skills? I don’t remember teaching you how to Rap.

MAYA
Oh, dear, mom’s on her pain meds again. This should be interesting.

TESSA
Ready, inferior doggies? A one, two, three……..

SEAMUS
The Meds
Fucks your head
Puts you to bed
Then your fed
More meds

MAYA
Depressed?
Take a med

TESSA
Too hyper?
Cool that head
With a med

SEAMUS
Hungry?
Here’s a pill
The side effect
Is brain cancer

MAYA
But you won’t be hungry

TESSA
Now kids
They take meds
Cause they’re crazed
In their heads

SEAMUS
Wash them down
Every day
With greasy fried potatoes

MAYA
Any wonder
They can think
With our food
On the brink
Of extinction?

SEAMUS
Who cares?
Take a med

TESSA
Stop feeling

MAYA
No healing
With doctors
Wheeling and dealing
The pharmaceutical companies

MOM
Stop It!
I’m supposed to feel something, aren’t I?
How can I know great joy without feeling sorrow?
Know ease in my heart without having felt pain?
If I feel nothing can I understand the suffering of others?
I will be asleep when I am needed to act.

TESSA
Who cares?
Take a med

MAYA
Call your doctor
Go to bed

MOM
Wait!
Can’t you see they want us to be asleep?
Distracted from what is really going on?
The world is being taken over by men
Disguised as Corporations
We are letting it happen without a fight
What has happened to our freedoms?
What has happened to us?

MAYA
Who cares?
Take a med

TESSA
Call your doctor
Go to bed

SEAMUS
Pretty good there, mom. Just enough pathos and drama. You should have been an actress.

MOM
Well, now that you mention it I was pretty good back in my college days. But wait a minute. The use of the F word is a cheap shot and you could have done better, maybe even a rhyme.

SEAMUS
We tried them all mom, and none had the ring of truth like the F word when it comes to how pharmaceutical drugs affect the brain.

MAYA
Actually I’ve been feeling kinda depressed lately, do you have any little pills I can take?

TESSA
Yeah, I heard on NPR that American doggies are taking the same antidepressants as their owners because they are afraid of thunder or get too excited when people finally come home after a long day of laying round doing nothing.

MOM
Well Tessa, just remember that first they came for the adults, then they came for the children, next they came for the doggies and one day they will come for you.

TESSA
Cat’s are too smart to fall for that trick, we’ll just tuck the pill into our cheek and spit it out later. Then one day we’ll rule the world, just like we rule the household.

MOM
Well then, be afraid everyone, be very afraid. Now come here I have something I want you to take.

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