Endings are Beginnings


Pain is not the enemy.

You need not arm yourself

against it,

or hunker down hiding

in a cold trench.


What would happen

if you invited it in,

let it stay a while?


You might find that it

won’t riddle you with bullets

and leave you lifeless.


If you sit down with it, stare it in the eye,

befriend it,

it may reach out,

gently brush the hair from your face

and whisper into your ear.


Later, you will realize that it was

this moment, the one you feared

would be the end of you,


That was the beginning.

It was the moment

that divided your life


Into before and after,

the moment that

catapulted you into kindness.



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