Direction: Relax. Clear your thoughts and take the pill. The pill has
proven to be an effective pill. A family member, friend or your doctor
may have recommended the pill. But response or onset time of the pill
varies; i.e., your brother, a friend or even your doctor may have felt its
Caution: Thinking about the effectiveness of the pill may cancel the
effects of the pill.
Direction: Relax. If the pill doesn't seem to be working, it isn't
working. There is no mistaking the onset of the effects of the pill when
Direction: Relax. The night only seems to be lasting forever.
Direction: Relax. If the pill doesn't seem to be working, taking a second
pill may enhance the effects of the first pill.
Caution: Debating whether or not to take a second pill may cancel the
effects of the first pill.
Caution: This is up to you alone as you knew all along. No one else can
Caution: Your thoughts may be hiding other thoughts.
Caution: Trying to discern the truth of your thoughts may be impossible
in your present state of mind.
Direction: Relax. Clear your thoughts and take the second pill. A second
pill has proven to be effective for whole families, a lifetime of
friends, doctors in group practices. Response or onset time varies.
Caution: Thinking about either pill may negate the effects of both pills.
Direction: Relax. It may help to notice the pill resembles a full moon in
the night sky or a different moon hanging inside your head or brain, or a
mind at peace on a sea of darkness, afloat, suspended, held there without
trying. These resemblances may bring on the feeling of sleepiness. The
pill may also remind you of your wife's exceptional backside or breasts,
or of other exceptional ones belonging to other women. Recalling these
bodies may enhance the effects of the pill. Or perhaps they fail to bring
on a peaceful feeling.
Caution: The moon may become an interrogating light.
Caution: Unwanted bodies may be strewn along the path in postures of
Caution: You may see men groaning under loads of sticks.
Caution: There may be voices or sudden unexpected animal actions and
these may not bring on the feeling of sleepiness.
Direction: Relax. You are the sky. Your thoughts are the clouds. Let them
pass on in you.
Direction: Relax. If you live along a river, watch the river.
Caution: Many people may not live along rivers. If you are one of these
people you might try to remember a few phrases in a foreign language,
lonely phrases. This may be a last resort and bring on terrible
Caution: Do not take another pill. The two you have already taken are
more than enough in most cases. The third pill may join the first two to
become a gang of pills, laying in wait in places you can't get to inside
Caution: The inside of your body is very close yet impossible to reach
without the proper instruments. Do not try to reach the inside of your
body on your own.
Steven Schutzman is a fiction writer and playwright, the author of six published
books and numerous plays and stories in literary magazines including The
Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly, Cyanosis and The Alaska Quarterly Review.
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