Thoughts on Pain

We've felt it for so long
This thing that comforts us
This constant hurting
Is a well-known friend.

Pain.
We reach out
To feel it
To know this loneliness and heartache
We want to be free
We yearn to be free.
For it only ends in grief
Leaning into it only brings upon more pain.

Strip us of this and what do we have left?
Our truest forms
Our truest selves
Break this friendship
Break this cycle
Break us.

And bring us back.

Holly Darnell