The Thumper

Image by Darren MS

Image by Darren MS

My son had thumped me soundly, with delight, and made me squeal,

That’s ‘cause he is a sadist and my pain goes with the deal.

Don’t judge him harshly, honest… to be fair, there is a knack

To get the heavy Thumper in the muscles of my back.

The massage-torture instrument was plied with too much glee…

The ‘sadist’ on the other end is usually me…

I cannot really blame him for the relish he applied

Returning many favours, with me on the other side.

My back and shoulders felt like they’d been trodden by a horse,

Which after several days of hell, is just par for the course.

At least now all the aches and pains are all that I am feeling,

It’s good to see things looking up and finally, I’m healing.

The stuff that screwed my system up is thankfully degrading.

The bruises from the cannulas (yes plural) are now fading…

(I’ve noticed that the nursing staff are better at their placement

Perhaps the docs don’t practice ‘cept on corpses in some basement

Who seldom scream when needle point embroiders on scar tissue…

But overstressed, emotional admissions might take issue…).

I’m feeling so much better now my head is back to working

(Though not so pleased at catching up on duties I’ve been shirking…)

The worst of it’s admitting the arachnophobes were right…

That even little spiders can give you a nasty fright.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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33 Responses to The Thumper

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad to hear you are on the mend. Still worried about that wee beastie being at large in the car, though. 😦


  2. So, you’re feeling better I take it? At least, a little?


  3. So very glad you are feeling better!


  4. barbtaub says:

    Well I am so glad you are recovering but YUCK! Spider bites are the worst. I hope you’re completely better before the Thumper has another go at your back.


  5. Ritu says:

    Please tell me you’ve fumigated the car now Sue!!!
    Glad you’re on the mend 😊


  6. jenanita01 says:

    glad to hear you are slowly getting back to normal… (I use that term loosely!)


  7. I’d offer Hubby’s services as Spider Catcher Extraordinaire…….. tot glass and beer mat, or pint glass and dinner mat? I hate them, but at least can tolerate the little ones, though in your case, maybe not! Get well soon Aue.


  8. Mary Smith says:

    Glad to hear you are on the mend. Hope that spider has been caught and met his end.


  9. macjam47 says:

    So happy you are feeling better. At least through it all you didn’t loose your sense of humor. Loved your poem.


  10. Glad to hear you’re feeling so much better, Sue. I hope you get rid of that spider and whatever eggs and such might be there.


  11. noelleg44 says:

    Glad you are on the mend, although with the remaining aches, I think you could use a spot of time in a hot tub! Make sure to vac your car again, just in case or spray it with insect killer!


  12. dgkaye says:

    Glad to hear you’re functioning again Sue. Now I’ve put my back out. I could use a thumper. 🙂


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