Pain

It’s a necessary part of reality.

I don’t enjoy it.

I don’t seek it,

But I know it.

I have felt it.

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There are growing pains,

Without which we stay stunted.

Physical pain isn’t pointless,

It teaches us endurance.

Emotional pain can take its toll,

But its experiences help life unfold.

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There aren’t enough words in the universe,

To articulate loving pains.

Love unrequited,

Love turned to hate,

Love scars and bruises,

Love that’s worth the wait.

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Yet it remains,

Pain is no fun.

It breaks you,

It changes you,

It makes you question the gods.

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Is it worth it?

The gods would say:

Pain is.

There is no escape.

It must be embraced.

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If there is no pain,

How do we know joy?

For joy and pain

Are two halves of the same whole.

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Taking root

In the depths of the soul.

One can’t exist without the other;

One is the child, the other the mother.

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Is all pain worth it, though?

The short answer is no.

There is no point

To enduring some pains.

If it’s not tied in with joy,

Then it’s all in vain.

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If it’s borne of selfishness,

One-sidedness,

Taking without giving,

Giving without replenishing,

It leaves a scar on the heart,

That’s difficult to mend.

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Pain is necessary,

But not all pain.

So, as much as you can,

Choose what’s worth the pain.

Copyright © Larisa McBean

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