33. Neuropathic Pain in Arms: Rolling Rock


Weighing down from each armpit, Certova_skala1_Boky_Reserve
a heavy rock with retractable belt
rolls up and down torso sides,
pressing in pebbles and sharp wires;
zigzags across chest and back,
driving millions of needles into
hypersensitive nerves;
glides down the sternum,
ironing in more sharp needles;
encircles the lower chest wall
into a tightened grip.

Escalated pain
refuses to be numbed by crème
or soothed by the softest memory foam
over the new backrest
or on the pressure reduction mattress.

Sit still.  Lie still.
Breathe in and breathe out.
Focus on the breath,
in and out, mindfully.
Store qi into the dantian.
Drive qi from the middle dantian
     across chest and back.
Steer qi from the lower dantian
     through the barbed-wire wrapped thighs,
     down to the painful feet on fire.
In   and   out,   in   and   out.
In      and      out,      in      and      out.
In          and          out,         in          and          out.

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Activities cease
Temporary relief


The mushroom stone: cap (andesite volcanic bomb) and stem (volcanic breccia). National Nature Reserve (Národná prírodná rezervácia; NPR) Boky; Slovakia.
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Moon Rise in Acittreza, Sicly. Photo by gnuckx.
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