All You Need is Lorazepam

Summer, 2008 / No. 20

“You could be richer and thinner,” says the mirror;

but your tits don’t sag yet, my girl (and what

an ass). Don’t waste another diet cola day

with clip-show-porn beat-offs and Tyra.

Oh go on, be too sad to kill yourself.

Try on your Brownie uniform, aim your gun (and say, “Pow!”),

and think, if it fits this snug,

your ghost would be much too fat.

Be oh so beautiful. Remember when you gave up

cigarettes? That was a laugh. Go on,

get a pack. Disturb an old boyfriend.

Maybe a fight will do you some good, princess.

Think about gin and candy and take three pills,

or watch a song-and-dance picture about being in love

and find that you just don’t have the time.

Your days are too full for that, doll.

The Talking Creek Talking Magazine
All You Need Is Lorazepam
Read by John Degen
Evie Christie lives in the Church-Wellesley Village. She is the author of the poetry collection Gutted (ECW, 2005), and her debut novella, The Bourgeois Empire, will be published in fall, 2010. Last updated Christmas, 2009.