The Pill Box

by Ronald A Pavellas

It holds three weeks of daily doses of Losartan, for mild hypertension, and tiny vitamin B-12 pills. There’s no connection between the two—it’s just that both are small enough to fit together in the twenty-one spaces, measuring around three cubic centimeters each. The multi-vitamin and Omega-3 capsules are too large to fit with the others.

This morning I emptied the last of the small pills into my hand, thus marking another three weeks of life having passed, seemingly, very quickly. As usual, I paused to reflect on the three weeks just passed to do a mental body-and-spirit scan to see if I could discern being three weeks older. I couldn’t. It is a mystery. It is inescapably true that I had aged three weeks since I had last refilled this little box; yet, I felt no different from the last time I conducted this review.

Now, gazing out the window of my home-office, where I do my writing and pillbox filling, I see the quiet lake welcoming the return of birds who nest and feed and breed here. They have an annual rhythm to guide them, but I cannot imagine they have the capacity to dwell on having aged another year. They are just living their lives as Nature and experience have inculcated in them.

yet another year
the birds and I are aging
alive together


Author's Note: This is a haibun. definition: http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages_all/haibundefinitions.html

Posted on 02/02/2019
Copyright © 2021 Ronald A Pavellas

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Glenn Currier on 02/02/19 at 01:45 PM

Thanks for introducing me to this new-to-me poetic form, the haibun. I accept this as a poetic challenge which haiku always is for the wordy me. I enjoyed your piece. Thanks again.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/10/19 at 06:03 PM

I liked the precision of the paragraph's with the pills and their measurements and so on. I watch my mom count out her pills each morning from that box and it seems to define the beginning of her day strongly. There is something special about that last line "alive together." Thanks for this.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/16/19 at 04:53 PM

Although no pill box yet, I can relate to this quite strongly Ron. Nice close off also.

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