Ode to Morphine

How can such clear liquid
cloud thoughts  with ease?
A nurse injects another dose
into my cannula tube.
The intravenous elixir meanders
along my bloodstream,
cascades down my veins,
washes over my body —
drowning all pain.

I float above the bed,
swaddled in a cool breeze.

The nurses excavate
my skeletal pin sites,
pick out the infection,
while my mind percolates
through my pores.


This poem can be found in the Independent Variable Anthology

Tammy Reynolds is a Liverpool-based queer & disabled live performance artist and incorporates her lived experience into all areas of her practice. She graduated in 2016 with a first degree BAhons in Creative Writing at LJMU and currently works within the Disability Arts Sector.

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