I have made peace with pain

(From Pexel)

Pain visited me occasionally
like a migratory bird;
it was seasonal.
I never liked her visits but
she threw joy in sharp relief.

Then her visits became more frequent
she liked to perch on my soul
trilling her melancholy song
the deep ache in my heart burgeoned taking roots there.

These days pain and I are inseparable
she lurks behind my smiles
she tinges my happiness with grey
she stays awake with me on moonless nights.

I have learnt to savour
each single slivers of happiness more
no longer immersing myself
completely in exultation
I live on the periphery of jubilation
with pain shining a light on
little pleasures to be lived to the fullest.

Written for dVerse. Today’s host Ingrid says: What I would like you to do for this challenge is a kind of therapeutic exercise. I do NOT want you to open any old wounds which are too painful to approach, or torment yourself by reliving painful moments. Let’s always keep in mind Wordsworth’s definition of poetry as ’emotion recollected in tranquillity.’ If you are able to, I want you to revisit a time in your life when you have felt pain (emotional or physical, acute or chronic) and come out on the other side stronger. As hard as it is to go through, we learn from our pain and grow as a result of it. So let’s examine the personal and artistic growth which can be achieved by finding the silver lining behind the cloud of suffering.

104 thoughts on “I have made peace with pain

  1. Suffering of the body and suffering of the mind and soul all destroy our past comforts as you paint so vividly with your sharp phrases,but the truth you tell is that they can also take us to a place where we” live on the periphery of jubilation..”and that is not nothing,indeed. Subtle and sure writing, a pleasure to read.

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  2. You nailed the prompt with this one
    Potent end lines!!!
    “I live on the periphery of jubilation
    with pain shining a light on
    little pleasures to be lived to the fullest.”

    Much💜love

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  3. “She liked to perch on my soul.” “I live on the periphery of jubilation” — your poem is replete with eloquent, poignant and evocative imagery. The photo of the small bird perched delicately on a branch of thorns is the perfect accompaniment. 🙏

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  4. she threw joy in sharp relief – that completely hooked me in, what a beautiful way to describe the process of pain!
    pain shining a light on
    little pleasures to be lived to the fullest. – Just amazing beautiful these lines, so perfect and relatable! :)))

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  5. “These days pain and I are inseparable
    she lurks behind my smiles”.. this line hits me hardest, as i believe with the pandemic, we all are in this state.. .somehow trying to put up a smile amidst a really painful experience… thank you for writing this Punam…

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  6. Wow, Punam: this is so good! The shift from the image of pain as a ‘migratory bird’ to a constant companion, which serves as a catalyst to make the most of every sliver of happiness:

    ‘I live on the periphery of jubilation’ – I just love that phrase! Sometimes I feel that way myself. ❤️

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  7. When you become one with your pain, it slowly starts sinking in. You become numb, pain is longer painful. Yes it is accorded, yet it is insignificant.
    Bravo, I enjoyed reading your poetry! Awesome blog

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  8. Pain teaches us to appreciate happiness with gratitude. Each verse spoke to me Punam and this resonated with me, as I am in that zone now.
    Again, let me tell you, you are the Queen of poetry ❤️❤️. Such a pleasure reading your words!!

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  9. A great poem. Making peace with pain is a major effort. My wife is the same way. Arthritis and back pain are present every day. Yet she seems to rise above it and continues to do as much as she can every day!
    Dwight

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  10. Yes, making friends with pain or the “enemy” really helps, well, it has helped me and I gather from these thoughtful words you have too – peace. Thank you for this wise poem.

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  11. Love this especially; “I live on the periphery of jubilation with pain shining a light on little pleasures.” Stunning write 💝💝

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