The Apothecary

Welcome to The Apothecary.
Allow me to introduce my stock.

Alas, please pick your poison.
There are many varieties to choose from.

Which poison will be yours?
Be careful before you drink it.

Or have you come for the antidote?
That will counteract your poison.

Become intoxicated and you may succumb.
To the powers of any poison.

Alas, please pick your poison.
There are many to choose from.

Like the poison called Victimhood.
Which slips down the throat with ease.

Take this poison with careful consideration.
The side-effects can be deadly.

Victimhood will leave you feeling bereft.
Like they took a piece with them when they left.

The poison called Victimhood is quite strong.
You will be under the most powerful illusion.

This illusion will tell you that you are weak.
It will keep you thinking that they stole your power.

One side-effect of Victimhood is a loose tongue.
Spewing sentences of your misery to others.

In hopes to drag them down with you.
Desperate cries for attention shrieking out.

The antidote is to rise above the side-effects.
Of the strong poison called Victimhood.

And to realize that your power is sustained.
By the rejection of this poison.

Be careful of swallowing that poison.
For it is difficult to detox from.

They will look at you as though you are wounded.
And you will feel wounded long after you’ve healed.

Are you enjoying your visit to my apothecary?
Where I introduce these poisons to you?

Alas, please know your antidotes.
I once chose the antidote called Faith.

Faith that the terrible thing is over.
And that it will not touch me again.

Faith will counteract the ingested poison.
The one that is called Victimhood.

It will teach you about how you are not less.
But more from this painful experience.

Alas, please pick your poison.
There are many here to choose from.

There is one poison called Religion.
Which hides under the guise of good.

This poison is masterfully curated.
To taste as sweet as honey on the way down.

But be careful of consuming too much of this poison.
Or you will remain in the dark in this life.

The poison called Religion acts methodically.
To ensure you only know what is told.

Have you swallowed this type of poison?
One side-effect will be repulsion while reading these words.

I am sorry that you drank too much poison.
Perhaps my offer of antidote may soothe you.

This particular poison is easily reversible.
If provided the antidote called Truth.

Truth will counteract each variety of Religion.
It will illuminate all that was kept from you.

Truth will remove the veil of secrecy.
That Religion casts over your eyes.

Religion is a sticky poison.
Once stuck it is difficult to remove.

Alas, you must pick your poison carefully.
And remember that some are fed to you.

The antidote for any poison is available to you.
You just need to know where to find it.

There are many poisons available to you.
Be prepared and inform yourself before ingesting one.

My goal is to offer the antidote list.
For some of the more excruciating poisons.

The ones which will not detox from you easily.
Instead coercing you to ingest more of its venom.

In my blood flows a poison called Depression.
It takes constant effort to beware its effects.

This particular poison is sneaky.
And will trick you into thinking it’s you.

It is typically sold as a mixture that poison.
Combined with other poisons like one called Anxiety.

These poisons take longer to leave the system.
Because they trick you into thinking they’re gone.

You may not even realize you’re poisoned.
These poisons strike at your most vulnerable moments.

Flowing through your veins while you shake.
Laughing as you desperately try to catch a breath of air.

Anxiety will take down your body.
While depression works to take down your mind.

Slowly the stress crushes you from within.
And it wrings out from you all that was good.

There are antidotes to these poisons.
They are more bitter to ingest.

One strong antidote is simply called Trust.
And it will never, ever fail you.

The thing about Trust is it’s tricky.
It takes a whole lot of belief.

It is more difficult to swallow this Trust.
When the poison is ravaging through the system.

Some people will be blind to Trust.
They will succumb to the poison in their system.

Do not succumb to these poisons.
Just call the Poison Control.

Welcome to The Apothecary.
I am also called Poison Control.

I know of the antidotes you seek.
Because I once suffered the same kind of poisoning.

I’ve collected many specimens of the poisons.
To demonstrate the benefit of the antidotes.

There is one antidote that is my favorite.
Is the antidote most often called Dance.

When I am feeling the effects of some poisons.
I will counteract it with the antidote called Dance.

Slowly my rhythm returns.
Alongside the steady beat of my heart.

To balance body and mind is the antidote.
For some of the more stronger poisons.

Alas, if you must pick a poison.
Remember that these poisons can kill you.

I found that out the hard way once.
The strength of the poison called Grief.

I almost succumbed to its symptoms.
Before I found the antidote called Love.

I stripped myself bare of it all.
And all that was left there was Love.

I have ingested many poisons in this life.
And I have traveled far and wide for each antidote.

I welcome you here to Poison Control.
Underneath signage that reads “The Apothecary”.

So, if you have ingested a poison.
Do not worry, but get on your way.

Alas, before you pick any poison.
Make sure you know all it entails.

The antidotes are harder to swallow.
Medicine never tastes good you know.

The antidotes are carefully curated.
To be sure that the strong will ingest them.

One last antidote I offer is Tarot.
It works in mysterious ways.

Much like the God that I speak of in writing.
The same God that is shared by both things.

Antidote and poison share this same God.
This same God that will never abandon you.

This same God knows that you are its mirror.
And that you and God are one in the same.

Religion will have you look outside for God.
Truth will see you find God within.

That is one key feature to these antidotes.
To remove the illusory filters drawn over your eyes.

Alas, I must go find more antidotes.
For seeking has had me ingest some more poison.

This poison is called Rejection.
And one uncomfortable side-effect is a strong sting.

I believe the antidote may be Understanding.
That Truth cannot be forced down the throat.

Because sometimes the pill is just too big.
For the ones too inebriated to swallow.

One day they may become less intoxicated.
And then I will offer them Truth.

Thank you for stopping by The Apothecary.
May you distinguish poison from antidote.

Most important of all is to remember.
That sometimes it all tastes the same.

Kaila A. Notto

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