19.1. Icy Rain on Back
On my back,
an icy cold rain
needles my tight skin, and
penetrates into my nerves.
Invisible, but felt,
deep underneath my numb skin.
19.2 Pin Cushion Chest
Even leaning my back against
very soft memory foam
on top of the soft cushion
of the wheelchair backrest
is still like lying on a shrapnel-filled mattress.
It brings referred pain onto my chest:
a pin cushion overcrowded with
millions of fine needles.
Gentle strokes become raking
millions of needles into my chest.
Movements of my shoulders and arms
drive them deeper;
Coughing sends them into a dance, frantic,
across the chest,
up and down the sternum;
all pricking at hypersensitive nerves,
bringing intense pain.
Sit still. Relax.
Breathe in and out slowly,
till the raking, driving, dancing, pricking subside.
Freezing Rain Needles. Photo by Laslovarga.
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Thin, translucent, bladed calcites with flourite. Photo by Rob Lavinsky / iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CCA-SA 3.0 Unported License, via –
Flower of Pincushion Hakea Laurina in Bonbeach, Victoria, Australia.
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