Pain is a nasty companion
and sneaky.

Weeks pass with no sign of
him or his shadow.

Then he visits. But gently.
Starting with a morning headache, slight.
Some throbbing, moving through each hour
of the day.

And the first day stretches into another as
a restless nights sleep
compounds the consuming constricted veins that
I can feel pulsating.

Then he goes for the kill – fingers begin to ache,
dull subtle pain that manifests in trembles,
that lock the fingers trying to write this legibly.

In response I put these words to paper at all costs
in hopes of exposing the monster, at least to
confront the veil and rift developing between
body and mind.

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