An Ode to Pain

Try to grow an inch

see flesh rend

feel muscle shred

hear bones crack

not much

just enough

maybe more then planned


walk a mile

run it too

sides ache

back complains

feet on fire

maybe for the first hundred miles

does it matter?


Observe the mind

comprehend the unknown

stretch a second

learn a new

math, science, constructive writing too

search the past for the future

comprehend human nature

hear yourself scream in your sleep

thinking nothing you do will matter


Perhaps your right

you cant change any illusion but your own.

See yourself clearly if you can

see the debits and credits on your account

find their root

see your world in a single intent

know that that intent is in the now

subject to you

what will you do?

will you live?

it will hurt you know?

but not as bad as dying

one day at a time.

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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

Living in the now has it merits.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Yes it does, Penny, it feels good to see you back.


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

I am moved and without comment. Thank you for such a great read this morning over my coffee. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Jamie


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Jamie, I appreciate that you were moved. I was moved to write it and I am glad to see some of the fruits of that movement. I don't always get to see that.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

"you cant change any illusion but your own" - I feel like that's to do with my comment on your other poem - you must realise that the illusion is there. Once you do, it can no longer trick you as easily...


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

Isadora lol in a certain way I was messing with a subject twice, from a different angle. In this case I may have slightly misspoken. It is possible to change another person's reality but you would have to break them of their present view point. That is a horrible thought though.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Oh, ok, I misunderstood then. I read is as: once you realise what illusion is - dont try to make the illusion real. As when you become disillusioned, the fairy tale is no longer. You're the one responsible for being "cheated", not the magician. - That's what I thought you meant. But I think I get it now.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

on the contrary, illusions are a thing we choose because they make us comfortable. Reality isn't comfortable and demands absolute change and adherence to principals that make us different from everyone around us. We keep in our illusions on purpose. If you ever want confirmation of this listen to ten people at random talk about their life and ask yourself, "how does reality work so differently for each of these individuals?"

If you cut out the ridiculous, you find that there is tremendous room in this world for people to choose what their individual reality is going to look like and the number of people they have around them usually corresponds with the number of people in their vicinity who share their vision for life on some level or other.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Yes, now I understand completely and I do agree with that.

It's easily seen and observing that is what made me search for "the truth" in the first place.

It's easily seen, once one allows oneself out of the illusion that, one believes, is one's protection.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

It however saddens when people are yanked out of complacency so forcefully. It is nice, however, to find that there is something left to you when the illusion isn't there any more.


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

But wouldnt it be more saddening if they stayed in such state?

Illusion is huge and surrounds everything that is. BUT it only surrounds the real - therefore the "something left" is much bigger than the illusion. The fear comes from believing that real may be not enough.

A conversation:

-"I have Truth to tell you"

-"Cool, and I will believe you. But first, let me watch the new video of X - she shakes her booty so well"


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago Author

perhaps it would help to know that the illusion surrounds the individual and over laps the real. The real is so much bigger and more then illusions people embrace.

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