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“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein
Withdrawing, her cold body convulsed terribly.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin
I’ve taken painstaking care
to avoid this moment
when the hot solar flares
take away my chance at atonement
for the crimes I’ve committed
& the lovers I’ve lost
for the criminals I’ve acquitted
& the innocent lives it cost
“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson
drugs alleviate pain
from terrible torment
but that’s before craving
sets in, like an ogre
dragging at my brain
making me feel shame
there’s a world inside my body
begging to break free
clawing at my insides
wanting to remove me
wanting to scream in lonely forests
wanting to show me
there’s no such thing as progress
without the pain of
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Why do you hurt? Be honest.
She’s so beautiful – what do we mean?
Greek Goddess: silky hair, slim waist:
Can start a war.
What about the others?
Odd shapes, crooked teeth, bulging bellies:
Are they beautiful, too?