Pain’s reach and love’s power

For those who love truly
Pain’s knife is long and its reach wide

A loved one is stabbed
And those who love her also bleed
Sometimes in helplessness
Wanting to cauterize her wound
But unable to do so

So they groan as they bow
And lift her up to the Healer

Pain’s knife is long and its reach broad
Much like an earthquake’s impact
Can be felt far from its epicenter
Its aftershocks continuing beyond the earth’s first heaving

Yes, pain’s knife is long and its reach broad
But love is stronger than death
And love is a balm that flows deep
Into every crevice carved by pain
Healing wounds from the inside out

Not covering it like a band aid
But suturing from the wound’s root to its edges
Bringing wholeness
And strength
And hope
Holding in its hands the promise
“There is an after this
In which pain becomes a memory
And light and colors return
And joy and laughter
And peace”

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