Serves you right for poking around
where you have no business.
Now you suffer, inflamed & ugly,
from unbearable itch,
the phantom prick from too much picking,
and oh, the scarring.

The antidote is right nearby,
so plentiful as to be considered invasive
with its succulent hues,
love of half-light & kiss of coral,
so much so that you’ve weeded it bare.
You’ll have to live with the burn.

(c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) via Wikimedia Commons
For Kerry's prompt to the Real Toads: The Last Mixed Bag