Consider this: life is no clinical trial
with safety measures and a control group.
It may give brief reports but the feedback loop
functions, if we’re lucky, once in a while.
So we join studies wishing for the denial
of suffering, wishing not to be life’s dupes,
wishing the trials nourish like chicken soup
the nervous heart and make it versatile.
But why fear actions and decisions as though
they are more real than trials? Is it a sham
to say I’ll try my best instead of do?
Not all attempts set out to be a scam.
Even in trials, some who take the placebo
get well. They claim, I try, therefore I am.