If you shine a light,
You can see the veins

That run through the
Almost-bone of your ear.

My ear is swabbed clean first,
A black dot

Marks the spot
For the needle’s placement.

I feel the tip as it’s rested 

Against my skin
Then pressure as it bites 
Through layers of cartilage.

I wait for the pain,
But all I feel is the high.