Muse for Monday

MantraI want to take a few moments to thank all of those who left supportive comments and sent emails whilst I was away. I appreciate your concern and support. The end of the week was particularly hard for me, and Mantra recognized it early.

The impish one was trying, in her own way, to give me advice. As usual, it would fall on the cloth ears attached to the stone at the end of my neck. I was hospitalized this weekend. No worries. I am progressing well and should be back to my normal (whatever that is) self shortly.

Meanwhile, what the pixie created for you for tonight is a place many of us have been before. It takes many different guises. Sometimes, it is merely physical. Other times, it is mental. Either way, pain is real.

As is customary, the title of this poem is simple: Pain. It takes us on the path we travel to get to relief.


Clenched in a vice would be better.
It offers relief if you reach
The handles of the crank or get
Someone to release the setter.

No matter how you move, this way or that
You are caught beneath the powerful tide.
Wave after wave hits. Each bearing one new.
Trembling or shaking or dripping with sweat.

Knees become weak as you fall to the ground.
Stomach flips and threatens to make you sick.
Light pierces the bone and sears grey matter.
You duck and cover from the weest sound.

In darkness, you’re begging for sleep to come,
But the pillows are boulders, mattress a stone.
Hot water pouring brings short-lived relief,
But agony receded is welcome.

You give in to pills with no guarantee
The pain will subside, but you’ve tried it all.
From the throbbing, wrenching, torturous pain,
Something must exist to make you pain-free.


Just wish one would take away the pain…

Have you ever suffered from migraines or physical pain as described in the poem? Do you try everything else before you head for the medicine cabinet or the pharmacy? What is the one pain in your life you would like to eradicate?

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  1. get well soon
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  2. Hope you get well soon. Deb sent me over here to check out your site and I’m glad she did. I hope you don’t get disturbed by my comments. I am a humorist and I don’t mean to be a smart aleck. I’m just havin’ fun.
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    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      If you did not, you would be lost. Snark is the third language of about half of the M3 Readers…and the first for the other half. Welcome to the fun!

  3. I wasn’t aware you were in difficulty, Red, hope you get well soon! Sometimes there is no genuine relief for pain –that is the conundrum.
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  4. * I wasn’t aware you WERE in difficulty, that is.
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  5. Well I am shocked that I have missed this posting Red and I hope by the time that you read this one that you are much better 🙂

    Pain in all of its guises is such a terrible experience and I hope that you are not suffering too much, I am sorry it’s taken me all this time to even know that you are poorly, I have been taking some time out, not that this is a good excuse, I was only in here recently too and didn’t notice 🙁

    Get well soon Red and that is an order 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx

  6. I will have to call round with the Zombies to offer a little light entertainment for you, don’t worry they won’t sing much but they can certainly tap dance and even hum, actually they hum a lot, especially after a day out in the sun 🙁

    Of course the Skeletons will spend a lot of time playing with their bones, nooooo not those I mean they will play some tunes on their rib cages, it’s a sort of tin pan music for hillbillies but sounds like a cross between ABBA, ZZ Top and Cat Stevens, so that will be a really great treat for you 🙂

    Okay seeing as you can’t wait for the performance I will just tip-toe out of here and call back later 🙂 I hope you enjoy the show Red 😉 lol

    Androgoth XXx

    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      That is an interesting mix, for certain. May have to introduce the bones section to the symphony. Somewhere between the reeds and the percussion, no?

  7. Red! Get well soon! That’s an order! Not that you take orders from folks, but still…

    I do hope this message finds you in good spirits and recovering from all that ails you.
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    • Red

       /  May 2, 2012

      Well, hello, stranger! Good to see you out and about. I am in much better spirits and feeling quite in the pink. 🙂

      • In the pink? Well I guess your color is returning. Soon to be, well… Red.

  8. Hi Red, I was sorry to hear you have been unwell, and hope that you are feeling much better and brighter now…
    Loved the Poem… and it isnt until we experience Pain that brings us to our knees that we truly are thankful for our Health..
    Love and Blessings to you Red.. ~Sue x
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    • Red

       /  May 2, 2012

      You are so very right about that, Sue. I am grateful not everyone must experience it. And yes, I am so very much better! Brightest Blessings, dear Sue.

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