Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Pain Shadow II

On the deserted beach
I walk with a pain shadow.
Hip searing with each step
I move forward slowly.

My joint tears away.
A sharp arrow pierces through me.
I stop to find stillness yet the
pain shadow follows.

Gazing into the ocean,
I inhale deeply
then exhale with force
trying to release the pain.

But it won’t let go.

I must abandon this pain shadow.
This constant companion.
This unwelcome thing.
That has attached itself to me.

19 years of unrelenting pain.
Countless attempts to escape
to normal days, when the beach
meant walks and waves; picnics and laughter.

I climb the wooden stairs to look down
on the wide expanse of shoreline.
In pain I stand tall above the sprawling
desolate beach that goes on forever.

I envision myself burying the pain shadow
beneath the sandy surface,
deep in a restrictive dark hole
where it can no longer define my world.

And in that moment I am free.


6 responses

  1. Such a searing image….so wonderfully honest and human….

    March 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM

  2. Jill

    Beautiful image and poem.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    • Oh Jill, thanks so much…so glad you enjoyed. As you know – a tough one for me, but I did make an official ‘Pain Shadow’ series and have included it in the ‘drop-down’ menu at the top of my blog under sentiments. Hope you are having a good weekend!

      March 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

  3. cooleur

    Great image

    March 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

  4. So appreciate cooleur!

    March 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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