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.