Bravely fighting for breath somewhere between bloodbath
And deep painful chasm of menstrual despair
She took the apple from the tree
To set her free
Unaware of the invisible worm it carried deep inside.
It burrowed its way inside her,
It perforated her uterus
It wormed its way deep inside her pelvis.
And came to rest 3mm from her spine.
Bayer’s little game-changer.
It changed her game forever.
Her hair fell out, her eyes bled,
Fevers ravaged her body
Her insides turned to poison.
And Arthritis set in.
The invisible worm
No crimson joy
It nearly did her life destroy.
©Alison Jean Hankinson
This for d’verse where we were asked to use symbolism and I wanted to use “the invisible worm”.
Endometriosis and Adenomyosis blight the lives of many women. Unfortunately, the Mirena is another one of those medical catastrophes that were intended to give hope but for some caused irreparable and devastating damage and consequences.
The image was created by sammydavisdog on Flickr.