Some things you all are teaching me about pain.

— That I place far too much value on things

like ease
and grace.

— That an apparent smallness
can be a mountain, magnificent:

“I rolled onto that hip without numbness!”

“Only took half a pill yesterday.”

“I slept through the night.”

— That the line between healer
and healed is fiction:

just last week,
while the sun filled the small yellow bowl
of a full treatment room,

I paused to close my eyes
(did you notice?)
and saw each of you,

eight individual storms,

whirling and settling

sighing and stirring

and thought

— That maybe I could notice whole

more often.

Lisa Baird
Author: Lisa Baird

Lisa prefers fireflies to fireworks, reverts to bluntness in stressful moments, would happily wear legwarmers year-round, and probably wants to be your friend.

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  1. I am seeing Slam Poetry and POCAfest. I am going to share this with a poet friend and acu-patient.