29. No Pain! No Pain? No Pain!!

Lightness in my feet
No fire-ant bites on my toes
No tight wraps around my feet
No strong ropes pulling up my feet
No barbed-wire grips on my calves
No travelling sparklers within my legs
No pebbles-studded mats under my thighs
No kneading motions inside my arms
All quiet inside and outside
How beautiful!Alauda_arvensis_japonica_in_flight

Hurrah! No pain today!
True freedom!
Like a lark bathing in a clear blue sky,
singing, hovering, gliding, ascending —
Happy dolphins cruising, foraging, playing
in the vast blue sea —

Oh, wait a minute!
Is it just painkiller numbness?
Are my toes still there?
Are my feet still there?
Are my legs still alive?
What am I sitting on?800px-Cyclone_Catarina_from_the_ISS_on_March_26_2004

Mmm… No… pain. . ?
Oh no!
Stillness before a storm?
Stillness in the eye of a cyclone?
Oh … no. . !

Winds of light nagging pain
brewing steadily in the feet,
strengthening towards the knees,
intensifying into gale force winds along the thighs.
Storm waves surging up my back,
becoming a full force cyclone.
So soon…

Euroasian Skylark in Flight in Japan. Photo by Alpsdake.  Licensed under the CC A-S A 3.0 Unported license. via –https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alauda_arvensis_japonica_in_flight.JPG

Cyclone Catarina from the ISS on March 26, 2004.  Picture provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. Uploaded by Tom688. In public domain in USA.  via –https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cyclone_Catarina_from_the_ISS_on_March_26_2004.JPG


17. Spasm: Waves of Pain on Left Side of Body




Waves of severe pain surge
from foot up to shoulder
along the left edge of body.

Waves of raging pain gush
from toes up along calf,
ebbing underneath the knee.

Waves of gnawing pain crawl
from knee up along the thigh,
lodging at the buttock.

Waves of nagging pain run
from elbow up along the arm,
fading before the shoulder.

Flow and ebb. Ebb and flow.

Breathe  in  ;   breathe  out  .
Breathe    in    ;    breathe    out    .










Waves crashing at Red Sand Beach, Hana, Maui (Hawaii).
Photo by Angela Sevin from SF Bay Area, US. CC A 2.0 Generic License, via –

Surfs at Sunset. Porto_Covo. Portugak.  Photo by Alvesgaspar.
CC AS-A 4.0 International License, via –