Pain

 Francis Bacon

Hurt shutters across
the body as pain shoots
through nerves
arriving at the brain
uninvited, exactly ill-timed.

If there was an ideal time for pain --
during sleep or
while petting a dog --
it would be grand.
There is not. 

Pain comes with severity,
occasionally gradual
severity,                         
almost certainly
with annoyance.

Wade through
the pain.
Laugh at it.
Slightly disrespect it.
Leave it unsatisfied.

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artwork: Francis Bacon (detail) Study After Velasquez's Portrait Of Pope Innocent X