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Sensing the Skin of Tomorrow

Naked in a bed she made upon herself
The sound of tipping tears sounding out the night
Thoughts melting out her heart in stalled depart
Lips dried out from harsh fighting flyaway words
A demon dirge supping on her struggling inner growth

She laments “Why do I live this longest chapter?”
“Is this to be the longitude and latitude of me?”
Accepting the inheritance of her shadow
The robe of her deeds the scenery upon her face
Can you not see she is spent in her repentance?

Her nakedness feels barer tonight
Skin sensing a need to drip away from bones
not able to hold the contempt of emotions anymore
A slovenly creep of flesh needing passels of love touch

The sousing rape of her womanhood
has followed the steep of too many years
No cure they say take this pill to sweeten the pain
Tonight the blanket of numb fails to succor
The sluttycuts shrill the chronic deeper inside the well

Gathering the sheath of sheets around her
A shallow hiding of the leprosy of the unrelenting ache
The texture of her frame is too soft for her breath tonight
She must dream of iron and alchemy to fashion a new will of life
Imploring the medicine man to bargain for any penalty to pay
“Please let it not hurt tomorrow give me one day of peace and rest”

© K S Hardy 2010

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This was penned a while ago and I am not in this place now. This is today for anyone that may be and to offer a hope that another day where the ball and chain will not feel so heavy. You are not walking alone.Chronic pain be it emotional or physical can wear away at the fibers of our good intent.

Some recovery time to rebuild is not too much to ask for and it can be found sometimes in just one person understanding.
And this is the art of kindness walking in life….


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  • rubyjo
    rubyjoover 4 years ago

    oh wow karensue, thats intense. i could take that last stanza and apply it to half my patients.

  • It is a really trying time for those with chronic pain….I reckon you would be very good listener and a sounding board …xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Poetlife
    Poetlifeover 4 years ago

    Oh! My! Very deep and lonely,a painful journey.I do relate,pain is such a lonely journey.And to experience it,to watch,ones we love go through it,to know it’s lonely hours.Well done,heal soon may your pain take flight in angels wings.Blessings.

  • Hi
    I did add a little more to the description….this was written a while ago and I have given it some poetical flair …but I am not in that place now but know people that are..
    Just wanting to give voice to this time of lament people have…..Thank you so much for you kind words, they mean a lot to me as when one reads of true sincerity it really does warm the healing spirit me thinks..x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    This piece had such a medieval feel, I’m not sure exactly why perhaps I was caught up in the spent in her repentance. Learning to live with such physical/emotional anguish would be exceedingly difficult. And yes I’d be looking to the passing of night into a new day, a new way.


  • People do and do such a grand job…..I think we all live bar a few live with a chronic something or other…and we make the best of it we can.
    There are some that it over takes their daily life and that is such a tragedy … can feel so helpless but I think just offering to listen can be a healing gift, Ohhhh see you soon……xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • annamora
    annamoraover 4 years ago


  • Hi Anna

    This was written a while ago….and posted now for a voice for those that may be dealing with chronic issues….Thank you for stopping by….x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    KarenSue – there is so much i want to say about this poem, so many personal feelings it arouses for me, loving people who struggle with these emotions and having spent the last years in that very dark night myself, I have a really hard time with this one. I want to offer comfort, consolation – do my teachery thing, or motherly thing, or sisterly thing. But I’ve learned that I have to deal with my own feelings first – confront the pain such a write recalls and resurrects. One of your most evocative, haunting and powerfully honest pieces and I think one of your very best. xox

  • Hi Lianne
    Thank you for words here and I understand….well we understand I should say.
    much care to you lovely lady
    You shine so in my eyes…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 4 years ago

    Such a distressing and bleak image Karen, I feel totally inadequate to know how to respond to such an outpouring… I hope you find the support and care you need both externally and within yourself x

  • Your caring heart stands out ….tis ok not in this place. I really should of made that clear when I posted this so I apologize for misleading here. I was written a while ago and found it’s way here one it felt like it was saying more about chronic pain than the medical sphere. It does eat at your integrity and you have to find ways to refuel…
    Being here on the bubble certainly gives the tanks a boost and caring bubblers like yourself are precious to me ….xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • greeneyedlady
    greeneyedladyover 4 years ago

    this stirs strong emotions in me…..believe it or not it has never occurred to me that emotional pain could be considered chronic and as such should be treated with the same consideration as physical pain….fabulous write my dear…..

  • Thanks Lisa….it was written a while ago about a chronic pain issue that I deal with on the physical side of things and I wanted to express how bad it can get ….you do find a way to get through…even the emotional pain that can become chronic is lightened by someone understanding even if just a little bit me thinks…x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • bearwings
    bearwingsover 4 years ago

    great writing, excellent, very powerful, it got stronger and stronger as the tide swept along

  • Hi Trevor-bear thanks for your great summary….good imagery of the emotional and physical seas of life becoming caught up in a tempest me thinks… ;O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Zolton
    Zoltonover 4 years ago

    Thanks for the description. I don’t know what this is directly applied to from the author’s POV, but I can adapt it to how it suits me… and I am choked up. I don’t know how some people avoid this throughout their life and I think that makes me weird. But not really.

  • Hi Zolton it was written a while ago….and does have some of me in this but not to the degree that poetical scripting has deepened. I have a pain issue that I have been living with on and off for four years and it is managed well now but every now and then it breaks through the barriers and often it is also when the day has been crap as well.. Emotions and physical pain are so intrinsically linked I feel.
    And I wanted to be voice for those that have walked a similar path in greater or lesser degree.
    Thanks for you comment here I really appreciate what you have said and shared…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • hollypaino
    hollypainoover 4 years ago

    Of everything I’ve ever read of yours, this one touched me so deeply as I can relate to every line of it with my life experiences and other’s pain. The strongest line that got my emotions going was in your description: And this is the art of kindness walking in life….

  • Hi Holly….thank you for your words. I am glad the walking of kindness stood out for you….It is the lifeline that I pivot around and bounce back from ….I am cannot say I am glad you can relate as this says there has been a trying time in your life and as you say other’s pain as well…this was written for anyone who may be walking this pathway at the moment so they may have a voice …xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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