POEM: “Her Neti Pot Ate Her Brain”


For All Hallow’s Eve, I’m going to skip the tricks and just give you an extra post this week as a treat! Believe it or not, it’s inspired by a real event. I picked this poem, because I thought the creep-factor fit the holiday nicely. I hope you like it!

Her Neti Pot Ate Her Brain


The news article was not

particularly specific,

at least I didn’t absorb more

than the fact that when

the doctors opened her skull

to operate they discovered

a golf-ball sized patch of brain

turned to bloody mush

from the amoebas eating away

her grey matter–or is it pink?

no matter, at least none

of that golf-ball sized patch

that could think clearly,

the amoebas in the tap water

she used in her neti pot,

tap water organisms normally killed

by stomach acid

given free access to her brain

through her nasal cavity.


Do I dice with death

during every shower?

Turning my face up,

head tilted back

to wash the shampoo

from my hair,

each drop’s

a tiny clear bullet

just waiting

to hit its target.


What else is given access?

–a spider crawling

in nose or ear, making its way

to build webs in cerebellum,

normally there would be

no room for such an enterprise,

but a hollowed-out golf-ball size

patch of medulla oblongata

might be enough

for a small spider

to set up housekeeping.

Waiting for her first

unsuspecting prey,

she sits,

a bloated black ball

chitchatting with killer amoebas

awaiting the fresh kill.



Happy Halloween! And if you are participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, Happy Novelling!  If you would like to be writing buddies, I go by ‘ganymeder’ on the NaNoWriMo site.

Since I’ll be concentrating on my (already work-in-progress) novel during November, I’ve already scheduled my posts to drop once every two weeks on this blog, and once a week on my Patreon–except for my podcast; I’ll record my second episode of My Writing Niche 3.0 at the end of November, so I can recap November’s excitement! In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know in the comments, and have a great holiday!



*image courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net via Creative Commons

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