Pain, My Old Friend


Pain, My Old Friend
Hello, pain, my old friend,
I see you’re ready to visit me again,
Should I be on the alert,
For something unsuspected to hurt?
Or is this just mental pain,
With everything to lose and nothing to gain?
My joints do ache,
With every step I take,
Should I complain, my friend,
Or face you with a grin?
You remind me I am alive,
Ready for challenges on my onward drive,
Pain, you are a distraction,
But no hill for a climber,
The next camp is within my reach,
If I practice what I teach,
One step at a time as upward I go,
Letting nothing stop me though,
Especially you, pain,
I have everything to gain,
And I know I will never pass this way again.

While in the womb I waited expectantly,
With you, pain, at my side,
And when I emerged into the unknown,
Pain, you brought my senses alive,
To savor the world outside,
Now, I’m waiting again, expectantly.
Pain, you are my constant companion,
And I am eager to find what waits beyond,
And what new world we face together,
I think I’ll take one step at a time,
For I have everything to gain,
And I know I will never pass this way again.

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