Pain . . .


. . .  you enter uninvited

You disrespect boundaries

You invade sacred spaces

Many questions

Surround you     Pain

Mysteries     too

Pain     you are a creator

Of feelings

I feel you

When I look at a photograph

Of a starving child

Her eyes have become

Too large for her face

Deep sadness leaks

Through the camera’s lens

Into my heart



You cross borders

With no visa

You enter the bodies

Of living beings

You linger

You vanish

You invade our minds


Our thoughts feel

Your presence

Are able to multiply

Your effects

Upon us

Until we learn

To take control

Of your intentions

For thoughts follow you


Down the corridors

Of time


As for me

I welcome you     Pain

You teach me to understand

The pain of others

To know empathy     compassion

To love this world

That lives with so much pain

I can deal with you


Take you for what you


Lessons for my life

Not easy     Pain

Soul work never


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2 thoughts on “Pain . . .

  • April 11, 2016 at 4:43 am

    You have beautifully captured the 2 sides of pain. While it has destroyed so much of my life, it has also made me empathetic for others who feel pain. ..any type of pain. I am always touched by your poetry, but this one also hit home for me.

    Thank you. Rob.

  • April 13, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart and soul, mom! Another wonderful poem.


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