Green Tea Detox

“But I don’t know anyone like that ,” she said.

Smiling deeply into her eyes, I reply
“You know me.”

But she will not believe, needing
to be different from the people
she serves; needing an accomplice
to her invention of superiority.

“But, you were never like them,” she gasped.

The meaning clear: she held herself separate from
the people she treated and I, another acupuncturist,
must be like her, not like “them.”

“Addiction is subject to degrees,” I say.
“We all have a void. We all crave a return
to paradise, to the womb.
We all need a fix.
We all need.”

“But, you didn’t steal and lie and…”
she unable to say more.

Searching deeply into her eyes
I employ a visceral knowledge.

“How much tea have you drank today?” I say.
“Can you stop drinking tea?”
“But tea is good for you.” she murmured.

Nodding, I turn to put needles in the ears of
the Seekers of the Womb
the Cravers of Perfection Never Found.

Those who Need and Know They Need.


Gregory Ross is a Viet Nam Veteran, a powerful negative impact in his life. Positively: he and his wife have been together for 42 years and have a 35 year old son and a 26 month old grandson. He worked Acupuncture Detox for 25 years, mostly in Highland Hospital, the county hospital of Oakland, Ca. Gregory has been published elsewhere. For more info or to comment on his writings in DV, email: Gregory Ross, Read other articles by Gregory.