Black Pill by Jake Anthony Mariani 

Dear Mom,

Sorry for the late reply. It’s been a little crazy over here but I thought I should keep you
abreast on my goings-ons. I’ve had a career change. I’ve enrolled in one of the best flight
training programs in the world. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly tell you where it is. But I
can give you a hint (I hope): it’s hot and sandy here. Anyway, hope to see you soon. Do
me a favor, don’t watch the news so much anymore; they lie a lot.

Love,
Your son

P.S.
Don’t let anyone else read this letter; burn it or tear it into tiny indiscriminate pieces and
dispose of it.

 

Artist: Unknown 

Jake Anthony Mariani has an M.F.A in Playwriting from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. Their plays have received workshops at The Ensemble Studio Theater and Dixon Place. They were a recipient of a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship in 2017.