This poem was distributed in June 2020 in the third edition of the letter series, Raven Mail.
Pain be your daylight
when you walk the sunless valley,
Pain be your mainstay
when your mettle turns to straw,
Pain be your bedrock
when you brave the sands of worry,
Pain be your tailwind
when you sail out from the shore.
Love the pain that chose you
for it knows you like a lover –
Loveless or beloved,
your pain is yours
& yours to keep.
Listen for pain’s whisper,
& the truths it may uncover,
Listen for pain’s cry
& how it echoes in the deep.
Pain be your compass
when there’s rage in all the heavens,
Pain be precious flotsam
in the wake of every storm,
Pain be your beacon
when you delve in lifeless caverns
& find that in the fire long spent
the ashes are still warm.
Berlin, September 2020.
(Translated from Sebastian Bacchus, “Geh’ mit dem Schmerz”)
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