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This pain is not for me,
I say.
This pain envelops me in nothingness.
The heat traps me in fumes,
Burning like fire,
Killing like a knife
That cuts into the patches of my lungs.

This pain is ready for me,
But I am not ready for it.
This pain is sprinting.
I am wobbling.
It is living
As I am dying –
Falling, then landing
Into what feels like relapse,
But really isn't.

This pain is a painkiller,
Yet I am unaware of this fact,
For I am only thinking of
What life is like without this pain.
But this pain
Is the pathway to bravery,
Strength, focus.

This pain is my enemy
when spoken of,
But my friend within,
Living deep in my heart
Where the truth is not always clear.

This pain will lead me to the end.
And will bring me back to the beginning again.
Where the cycle repeats itself.

This pain never disappears,
But sometimes releases its grip on me
For just a moment,
When all the cells of my heart
Are focused,
Breathing,
Living
At last.

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sonnysulouff This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm:
I'm a distance runner too, and I can really relate to the feeling of this poem... there is NOTHING better than the feeling of being so tired you can hardly breath. Good job, keep up the running... and the writing!
 
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Wolfayne said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm:
This I can relate to.
This is really good.
This is awesome.
Please, keep writing!
Oh, and can you look at my stuff? I'd really like it!
 
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sunnyhunnyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm:
This is really good! I can relate because I am a distance runner. There is nothing like the satisfaction of finally crossing the finish line.
 
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Lily1 said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm:
I really like that, could you post more. It was inspiring!!!!
 
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