seeing **** that isn’t there, hearing **** that isn’t real, memories can’t be trusted. the shadow people, that used to scare me, now long to be dusted. 9 pills down the hatch, 9 pills swallowed to cure me. they stick inside my throat, “They’ll start to work soon, Just be patient.” as they write another note. the doses start to increase, my tongue starts to spasm. my hands shake as well, i thought these things we’re supposed to heal me, instead I’m in living hell. “Benefits do outweigh the horrible side effects” is what the doctors say. so I keep on taking them, choking them down, every night and day. but the **** is still there, i can see it, and I can hear it too. its plain as day, staring at me. it’s as real as me and, wait. are you?