No Holds Barred Poetry Writing Challenge: Day 21

Bloodletting
a primitive practice—
physicians lacked
the knowledge of
modern medicine—
a strike of the hammer
against the pick into the
skin, let the thick
blood marred by
toxin, parasite, disease
drain from the body
and cure a soul of misery.
How is their belief
different from those
with zebra stripes
along their arms?

—Nortina


photo credit: history.com
photo credit: history.com