I try to kill the pain with something chemical
that I can not pronounce nor swallow well.
I only know if I take all the pills at once, I’m dead.

Someone has mixed some kinds of poison
to make a medicine, or at least he calls it so; imagine
the hunchbacked alchemist in his moldy dungeon.

The toad he must have tried it on went all purple just before it died.
The crazy alchemist is laughing. Among the seven
other pills I take is now his magic blending in, from my stomach to my guts.

All is entering my blood. A dead toad’s resting on the slimy stony stairs,
the alchemist makes potions now of a lizard’s eye. It’s night.
Meanwhile the pain’s not going anywhere, like any hero it will not die but fight.


Comments on: "Alchemy" (18)

  1. Fantastic.. kinda trippy too, I liked the imagery of the poem, nice thought 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Sorry for your pain Ina – all grist for your creative mill though as is wonderfully obvious – feel better soon please…

    • Hi John, thank you!

      This was about the rheuma stuff, and I have some eyeprobs with my right eye now, same as before with the left one, so I had ro rush to the hospital, but everything is under control, the retina is not letting go altogether 🙂 I just see this stupid cloud all the time. Hope you are well. I suppose this is the price we pay for our old age? (Not that I am old! Well, not very. lol)

  3. Good one Ina! And very close to home for me too.

    There is always something to write about 🙂

    L&H xx

  4. t h i n g s + f l e s h said:

    another lyrical testament to your supremely supple and cultivated imagination. tony

  5. Pain as a hero – that’s a novel and imaginative way of looking at it. I may steal the concept! 😉

  6. I hate having to take pain killers too!!!

    A poem which speaks for a great number of us I think


    • 🙂 Hi David,

      thank you very much! And they don’t work… so what is the use!

      Arohanui 🙂


      • Mine sometimes do!!!

        Sufficient today at least that I could enjoy a walk in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey.
        (Note to self – take camera next time!!)

        Take care of yourself


        • Yes please make some pics!
          It is good you walked! I walked today as well, took some photo’s of those 3 cute bunnies again 🙂 Every step hurts though. Esp the cyste in knee. I am a mess.
          Take care of yourself too! 🙂


  7. Yes, this one really strips the whole medication thing bare. Sometimes we do need it, but I, like you, wonder what it is really doing to my body … And that last line is an excellent way of saying: ‘what’s the point?’

    I do hope you feel better soon. Sending you a comforting hug and much ♥!

    • Hi Diane,

      thank you very much also for the hug!
      If I don’t take pills to kill pain, I might use my body wrongly so I am told and then the problems get worse. Something like that. I don’t think the ones I got now do the trick though.

      Hugs to you too! ♥

  8. Greetings, Ina…..Thank you for visiting my blog. I like what you have concocted here in ALCHEMY. I am no stranger to chronic pain, so I recognize the frustration…..which you have poetically sublimated so well! Bon Courage.

    • Hi Cynthia, thank you 🙂 Chronic pain is a big problem, I am not sure what the resolution is.
      Bon courage to you too! 🙂

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