A Chronic Life: A poem about living with chronic pain and reclaiming our forever-altered lives

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Emily Speaks


A Chronic Life

My body screams
as my mind dreams
of a place in time
where relief is mine.
Just for one day,
won’t you take
my pain far away?
In constant torment,
I am utterly spent.
My limbs and spine
set ablaze-
these captors who
ruin my days.
As I take each step
I wonder how much
I have left…
will I make it
through this day?
Or at home, will
I have to stay?
The exhaustion overtakes me-
I am forced to be still,
the strength of the pain
says I must bend my will.
“Rest or you are done for”,
it whispers this threat…
I don’t want to, but I must,
before it has crippled me yet.
I wish to lay here
where the pain stays at bay,
but my soul-it is beckoned,
To LIVE with each new day.
So, step after step,
Pained as they may…

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