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I’m a bit behind – it’s ok, I’ll catch up. For now, this:

 

 

Pain

 

Instructions be be followed,

Or not,

At your own pace.

 

Close the gate, lock it, chain it do not

Answer the door, shut the windows,

Stuff the cracks in the walls, your skin, do not

Let it in because sometimes we have to begin

by resisting.

 

Some people may be able to skip this stage.

You do not have to be one of those people.

Once it gets in, which it will,

Take it on, carry it, find a way for it to be

Manageable if not comfortable while you

Move on together.

 

Some people may be able to make friends with it, forgive it, appreciate it.

You do not have to be one of those people.

 

Once you’ve carried it for a while, which you will

Time will come for you to put it down, temporarily

or for good, that’s up to you. Then again

 

If you don’t want to put it down, ever, that’s ok too.

One day you will anyway, through no effort of your own

You will not longer be alive to carry it.