Anxiety plays prelude to her fix.
Its insidious tickling
opens vivid yearning
tip – tip – tipping her
toward Needle’s veining ways.
A nick of tinted light
illuminates her arm’s crook
as a tinny cannula splits
her skin and drifts
gentle waves through her wayward limbs,
eradicating anxiety with escape’s sweet bliss.
Brenda Warren 2012
The word “fix” drove this piece. I decided to explore it as an addict’s fixation, but did not intend the piece to end in “bliss.” A “tinny cannula” is meant to describe a needle. A cannula is a flexible tube designed to dump drugs into a person, or lab animal. I did not mean for the addict’s journey to sound so nice, but I imagine the addict feels this way.
The title is a reference to “the monkey on your back.” It is an idiomatic expression for the urge that addicts feel.
For more pieces using the words that wind their way through this piece, visit The Sunday Whirl.