The lateral spinothalamic track [sic] carries fibers associated with superficial and deep pain … To best evaluate this
track [sic], one should employ a pin prick or other sharp object. A torqued-break of a ‘wooden’ tongue depressor yields
the perfect disposable sharp-dull instrument …
Oldham H. and Hunter A.J., in “Peripheral Neuropathy”
Once a man on the other side
Of a small room held up
A tongue depressor,
Snapped it in two.
One splintering half.
Close your eyes.
Lift your shirt.
Then he stood over me.
Tell me when you feel something.