Looking Beyond

After posting my poem yesterday on ‘Pain’, I have been humbled to read more posts of people who suffer with daily, soul-grinding pain. Their remarkable fortitude and spirit leaves me ashamed at what I had but only glimpsed. I truly can only imagine what they suffer on a daily basis and I, for one, hope to look beyond the visible to see more clearly what is not always evident. I doff my hat to all who cope with ongoing suffering. For old friends and new.

Entrails ripped, innards exposed.

I see your hurt. You’re gory.

But intact body, stood up straight?

Well, that’s a different story.


You appear to be quite rational,

Your faculties all there.

You’re surely not disabled?

I see no stick, no chair.


Chronic pain. What does that mean?

A constant, aching hurt?

Well, I’m sore too. Mine’s just as bad.

I’d bet you, shirt for shirt.


I stubbed my toe, my tooth it aches,

A wasp has stung my arm.

Of course, I hear you’re suffering.

I suffer, harm for harm.


‘Let’s swap your minor ailments.

I’ll trade you, tit for tat.

I’ll cope with throbbing headache

For some time. I’ll do that.


‘Before you take mine to yourself,

This warning I must say;

My pain is omnipresent,

It lives here night and day.


‘I’ll take the agony of birth,

I’ll take the gallstones too,

I’ll take what you can throw at me,

The breaks and falls and flu.


‘I’d trade the lot, I’d take your pain,

If mine would just depart,

For constant, daily suffering

Hurts body, mind and heart.


‘I won’t complain. I’ll bear it.

I’ll smile when I feel grim.

But open up your eyes, my dear,

And look at her and him.


‘Pain is not an entity

To be seen and to admire.

It’s invisible and treacherous,

Like garrotted throat by wire.


‘So, fill my cup with medicine,

Dull my avid brain,

Pollute my limbs with poison,

So I might not go insane.


‘It’s crazy how this hardship,

Cloaked by hidden means,

Eats through my corpus, Christ!

My pain invades my dreams.


‘I pray for inner healing.

For healing, too, without,

I pray for understanding,

So that others may not doubt.’

14 thoughts on “Looking Beyond”

  1. What a compassionate poem. Pain is never pleasant, no matter what form it takes, whether it is chronic or transient, visible or invisible, but it is also an affirmation of our existence. I’ve never tried whiskey. Sounds like an expensive bubble bath. How long are you supposed to soak for?


    1. Brian is obviously under the impression that many of life’s ailments can be resolved through ample indulgence in the hard stuff. To achieve a right good soaking in it I would be unable to estimate the quantities of Pepsi Max involved in such a venture. I’ve usually found one can per hauf is more than enough. I do not recommend this as a means of alleviating any ailments other than toothache or that well known, ‘end of week syndrome’, so prevalent nowadays. I would be prpeared to carry out further investigations in the interest of science. Would you care to join me?x


      1. Umm, no thank you. That sounds like a lot of work. But if you want, you can add my name to the credits if you get your research published in a scientific journal. I give you my permission to do this.


  2. I admire your way of capturing strong emotions in poetic words. I share your admiration for those who not only function with pain and disability, but who thrive. The best example I know of is Australian Nick Vujicic. Born without limbs, a gifted speaker and encourager, now married and soon to be a father.


    1. Thank you. I must look him up if there’s information available. I am truly amazed at what the human body and spirit is capable of sustaining despite pain and adversity.x


    1. I hope I’ve caught some measure of how it feels, although without experiencing it, I can only imagine. Glad if you find it useful to reblog. There are too many issues so misunderstood by people who do not suffer from a particular affliction. Anything that helps I’m more than happy to do.x


  3. Very beautiful. You caught it truly. Thank you for being so humble and really reading what others were saying. I re-blogged it, as I too am a chronic pain sufferer. Thank you.


    1. Thanks for that. I’m sorry you suffer in this way. It is obviously more prevalent than we realise and highlighting awareness can only be a good thing.x


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