Lichen close up

Reminiscing is a form of masochism

Reliving, savoring, using the pain 

Rubbed over and over and over again

Until the memory is sufficiently buried

Under a thickened, leathery patch

Numbed, no longer holding power 

Peaceful… for a time at least… then

The need to feel alive arises once more

Seeking out the next memory to scratch

* Note, the photo is a picture of lichen, a fungus living symbiotically with an algae as a composite organism. Lichenification is a dermatology term for thickened skin due to repeated scratching, like with eczema. 


49 thoughts on “Lichenification

  1. Hey Victo πŸ™‚

    I visit your Blog to enjoy your excellent writing (and photographs!) and always leave with new words to add to my vocabulary. I adore these medical terms for they really do open up a whole new world of story-telling ideas and poetic forms, possibilities that you always capture so well.

    Lichenification…it’s just an awesome word isn’t it! πŸ™‚ I wonder, would it be possible to write a poem using only medical terminology from start to finish? Now there’s a challenge for you to embrace should you choose to accept it! πŸ˜‰

    Hoping all is well Victo and life finds you smiling πŸ˜€


    DN – 21/11/2016

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      • πŸ™‚ Yeah! And no cheating, trying to inject the odd word that is either wildly spurious or completely fabricated by your imagination! I wouldn’t know otherwise of course, but I’ll be sure to check your verse! lol πŸ™‚

        And whilst we are on the subject…no reverting back to the old, ‘the ankle bone is connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the thigh bone etc…’ ploy either lol πŸ˜€

        Good luck!


        DN – 21/11/2016

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  2. Considering all of the toenail, thick heel skin, etc. I used to sweep up at the podiatrist’s, I’m very glad I didn’t know this (your photo) was part of it. It was kinda hard not to upchuck as it was. That said, the photo is pretty cool, in a “try not to think about what it is” way. Great poem, too. πŸ™‚

    (I won’t admit to saying this, because I have grumpy misanthropic cred to uphold, but I’m rather agreeing with the comments about reminiscing not necessarily being negative, nor does creativity have to come from pain. Good poems make you think…)

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  3. I think reminiscing , while bittersweet, can be good for the soul and certainly great for communication with the elderly. As a side note, not sure why, but symbiotic happens to be one of my favorite words!

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  4. Lichenification….That is a great word. It sounds like something horrible and gruesome.

    It’s kind of funny how some medical words are like “Oh my gosh! That sounds horrible. What is it? Huh? It’s just cramps? Wha?” πŸ˜†

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