a paean to pain

have you seen the festering wound
with maggots and flea eggs, defining
the scope of pain and hurt as just
a preoccupation? did you pour liqueur
and salt on the scraped skin that has
covered the scissors with a ritualistic
charity, to part with your sadness?

unless there is a scar, no one would
know how carefully you have figured
a way to wound without wanton dis-
charge of pus and blood-filled nerves
that define your convoluted desire
for all this pain and hurt. catharsis is
the name of a tiny hair sprig sprouting
from an open contusion, like growth
in decay. they have restored cellular
activity (godly) in the porcine brains of
the dead. so what are you going to do,
if not pulling it all out with a tweezer
for a microscopic study of metabolic
activity that denotes that life reverses
and re(as)sembles itself, and applying
a gauze to move out, and hide and smile
till it looks becoming on your face?

grief is the name of your eyes that
refuse to cry. loss is the truth of your
lips that cannot remember the sparse
touch of all that you did not say, and
all that was injured by your mistakes.

.
© Anmol Arora

Inspired by the Day 18 prompt at NaPoWriMo

Day 18
(Inter)National Poetry Month

3 thoughts on “a paean to pain

  1. Breath-takingly touching, and just so many amazing lines to choose from! Besides the glory of the ending, I really loved this question that you posed and the way in which you did it:”id you pour liqueur
    and salt on the scraped skin that has
    covered the scissors with a ritualistic
    charity, to part with your sadness?”

    Like

  2. Kerry says:

    did you pour liqueur
    and salt on the scraped skin that has
    covered the scissors with a ritualistic
    charity, to part with your sadness?

    There are ways the spirit/psyche can be wounded that are extremely difficult to put into words but you have pushed the limits in this poem so I feel it cutting deep.

    Like

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