The Memory of Pain

Pain is just a state of mind
I’ll dink from your cup
If you’ll drink from mine
Midnight comes and midnight goes
Travelling where the misery flows
Folded paper, faded words
Rose thorn slivers and powder burns
Keep the memory of pain

The bitter pill is swallowed pride
Liquid fire burning through ice veins
Amber nectar of despair
The heaven sought is out of reach
The stars faded away to dust
Darkness keeps calling my name
Floating through the emptiness
Singing of the memory of pain

I wrap you in ribbons
I wrap you in chains
Forged in the fires
Of your personal hell
I walk through the fields
Of the midnight roses you grew
Covered with razor blade petals
Bearing thorns of the memory of pain

© Alison Pearce 2011-03-23

Logan based writer, poet and artist. I seek with the pen and the brush. I think and it rolls out into words or strokes. I believe my writing should paint a picture and that my art should tell a story. I’m an uncomplicated woman in a very complicated way.

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  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago

    Wow powerful stuff Alison….congratulations….wonderful imagery…

  • Thank you so much Janis :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 4 years ago

    excellent write Alison, sad memories here.

  • Thank you so much Tori :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 4 years ago

    You’ve painted such vivid and real images of pain with your words. Perfectly done.

  • Thank you so much :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Solar Zorra
    Solar Zorraabout 4 years ago

    This kind of pain that tortures the soul can last a very long time, thankfully all pain can be eventually healed. I’m hoping this is a past write and you’ve moved through it. :) Solar

  • Thank you my dear :) I should actually have stated in the description that this is not actually about me, it is observational verse drawn on from many sourses. I believe most people would be able to relate one way or another.

    – Alison Pearce

  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Alison… :-))

  • Thank you so much Sue :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • mordechai
    mordechaiabout 4 years ago

    And if you haven’t moved through it yet, may sympathy aid your travel. Great work, by the way..

  • Thank you so much for the feature and the kind words. It is a piece of observational verse that I believe many can relate to, it is not solely about me :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations Great job,thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Thank you so much Vickie :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • journey360
    journey360almost 4 years ago

    This is some very good writing.

  • Thank you so much :)

    – Alison Pearce

  • Karirose
    Karirosealmost 4 years ago

    I just returned from a Bipolar Advantage workshop held by Tom Wootton. In it he discusses how he finds the beauty in pain and used as an example the memory of a dear friend who passed away. He feels the pain and sorrow, yet finds it a rich experience as he also remembers his friend. Interesting point of view that I am finding I like. This work makes me think of his suggestion with the use of the rose—the rose of course, being such a beautiful and lovely scented thing yet surrounded by painful, threatening thorns.

  • I tend to find I use the rose and thorn metaphor quite a bit and it is because of the reasons you’ve stated. Thank you so much for sharing that with me Karirose :)

    – Alison Pearce

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