Great Pains


4:15  A.M.

Nothing in life competes with pain.
It wins the race time and again.
Compared with every other force,
it is the thing that stays the course.

All the usual distractions
are in the end, merely abstractions.
Just one reality remains.
Avoidance measures it disdains.

Though we make take great pains to miss it,
in vain we toil to dismiss it.
All else in life becomes inane
when its competitor is pain.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

14 thoughts on “Great Pains

    1. lifelessons Post author

      If you are talking about the photo I took, no, Janet, I wasn’t taking them all. I just emptied a bag I had that had all old pain medications from years past as well as the couple I was using now as an illustration. Turns out most of those were years out of date and I threw them away. I’m actually really reluctant to take pain meds and usually wait until it is unbearable before I take them…even after surgery. That photo was pure hyperbole!!!

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      1. slmret

        Sorry to see the shot was so temporary in its effect. I hope the rest gave you some relief, though, and the next dose of meds will help! Do take care, and feel better quickly!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Went to dr. Got a steroid/anti-inflammatory injection and pills for pain and to reduce inflammation..So far the injection has worked. Taking it easy for a week to see if this does the job. Thanks for your good wishes.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I wonder if it is like icy hot? My shot from yesterday seems to have worn off about 5:30 this morning so took the pills two hours early.. we’ll see if they do the job. Darn. Thought I had this licked. We’ll see….



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