Tuesday, August 2, 2011

on acupuncture

Like an echidna I lie,
sprouting carefully placed, quill-like needles,
quivering with minute electrical impulses.
Dirty brown coal, heavily polluting and subsidised obscenely,
originates from open-cut mine,  powering generators in far off LoyYang.
Its product travels across the state in lethal, ropey wires -
would annihilate anyone coming into contact
by accident
or design.

Channelled into ever-smaller increments to be used here for nurturing and healing.

Alligator clips attached to fine needles settle into my tense, troubled muscles.
Delicate, rhythmic pulsing lulls me to sleep.
Enfolded in tender warmth, muscles gratefully absorb this strange experience,
to be refreshed and healed -

* A Drabble is a story told in 100 words. No more, no less.

**Thanks to giftlog.com for the photo. They also have other free photos of a variety of Australian animals. Link here.


Hart Johnson said...

I love strange animals and the echidna definitely qualifies... I like the metaphor, too... very nice.

taio said...

excelente post

sue said...

Hart, echidna's are unusual, but high on the cute factor!

taio, thankyou!

Jennie Fraine said...

Sue, a true Aussie metaphor for a truly amazing treatment. I don't think I've ever had as many needles in to qualify as echidna, but I've certainly experienced the seemingly-miraculous results. What could you do with koala and kangaroo metaphors??