Life is Pain

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Life is pain.

And I don’t mean that
in some philosophical
bullshit way…(or maybe I do?)

Life is pain, whether it
be physical, mental,
emotional, or existential.

The gentle yearning ache
of a heart perpetually unfulfilled…

The bittersweet bile of nostalgia
creeping up one’s throat…

The sharp bite of our
unreliably aging bones…

The mind-numbing weight
of each day survived intact…

The desperate call of a soul
that may or may not actually exist…

~ Maranda Russell

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13 thoughts on “Life is Pain

  1. Dear Maranda,

    Even Pain Takes A Rest

    Nothing is a constant – Even pain takes a rest. Something to consider When you’ve pain in chest, The back, the breast. Spasmed cramp or fever, Nothing lasts forever.

    When sleep is broken And you’re woken up at five, Think, “Well I’m squirming, but alive!” Even if you wake at four With awful aches you can’t ignore, Everything relaxes in the end.

    Warmly, Arlene

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    1. Thanks Arlene. I wrote this a while back, guessing I was in a lot of pain at the time obviously. Funny how we write things like this and then forget what even caused the inspiration in the first place.

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  2. Even Pain Takes A Rest

    Nothing is a constant –
    
Even pain takes a rest. 

    Something to consider 
When you’ve pain in chest, 

    The back, the breast.
    
Spasmed cramp or fever,
    
Nothing lasts forever. 



    When sleep is broken
    
And you’re woken up at five, 

    Think, “Well I’m squirming, but alive!” 

    Even if you wake at four 

    With awful aches you can’t ignore,
    
Everything relaxes in the end.

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  3. Yes, dear Maranda, life is pain – the very heart of Buddhism – but the aim of all philosophies and even religions is to find a method out of its pain, and not only that, but to actually find peace within it all, and happiness/gladness/hope in every situation.
    There are hundreds of books out there. One I found comforting and encouraging was the Bhagavad Gita. Give it a go.
    Warmly,
    Arlene

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