The actively-hyper, attention-deprived children

are made more manageable by medication

more definable by a four-letter label

so that they can sit stable, so that their teachers

test their percentile.


Low, by their parent’s standards

who don’t like their kids listless

but obsess over the prescription success

of a parent whose offspring score above


They bribe video games for good grades

and wonder why their kids are still

so damn distracted.


Drugs are addictive, they deaden your senses

declares the doctor as he prescribes Aderall

to the sensitive child whose morning meds

make him feel abnormal and small, but soon believes

they’re the only way to survive school at all.

He’s glad he doesn’t have to wake up

to stare at a wall.