Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Circus

I remember an ear infection
when I was fifteen or so,
pain so terrible I whimpered
then gnashed my teeth
then screeched
like a wild thing.
I lay stretched out in the back seat
sure I wouldn’t make it
one mile further
sure I would lose my hearing
my outer ear no longer vibrating
no longer sending sounds
the nerve endings stretched to their absolute limits
my balance compromised,
turning my life upside down
until the prick of a needle
drained the pain into a cup.
life is like this
bringing us to the brink
again and again
forcing us to be acrobats
taking us to dizzying heights
spinning us
around and around
until we find ourselves standing on solid ground
once again.

1 comment:

Donna said...

there are times in our lives we should revisit our own words...
thanks for letting me visit yours.