Pain In Couplets

A New View


As if there were relief from the little agonies

found in the smile of a nearby pain free person.


Shifting weight holds less ease from old war wounds

than a trip to the kitchen for water holding a pill.


Sharp and quick to fade or endlessly endured, pain

carries a picket sign painted in bruises and sometimes blood.


Imagine a toothache, then imagine the absence of a limb

sliced off and discarded to keep the misery of living going.








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