The three musketeers

Hope and Pain
Had been mates for
A very long time
Today they came to visit
Moving quickly; they skipped
Along holding hands,
In a white washed corridor
Lined with doors
Cheerfully
They popped their heads in
To check on
Who was where
Though
Time seemed to dawdle for
Eventually they lamented
“She Can’t be found
We’ve lost our
Long-time friend…”

The days stormed
The stars hid
Behind the clouds
The moon looked
On with sadness

Eventually they saw
A faint light under the
Final front door
Peering in
She lay
A wraith
Hope shuddered and thought
“Have I come too late?”
Pain unbeknown to Hope
Had been visiting
Every night
So knew all along
What they’d find
The irony here
Is that Hope has
Forgotten the very same path
To this threshold
And even worse
Couldn’t remember
When she had
Come a calling!
Yet here they both were
Together
They saw
Bleary eyes
Hollowed out in a
Gaunt face
Hope cradled this
Tiny decimated body
Pain drew back to
Give them room
To be together
The woman became
Clear eyed and
Looked at Pain;
Her nemesis,
And realised she must
Accept that Pain
Is as much a part
Of her as Hope
For they
Must co-exist
If she is to live
So she held out
Her hand
And forgave pain
For the nightly torments
And
Requested that Hope
Not forget
Her any more
And named them
“The Three Musketeers…”

18th July

The three musketeers

su2anne

Joined April 2011

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this poem was written after a period of hospitalisation during my subsequent physical rehabilitation
i’ve used my journey to explore the juxtaposition, in a comedic way, of what appear to be almost opposites and how they might be accommodated together
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