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Nothing Outside Cures Pain Inside: A Poem

Val enjoys writing his own style of what resembles poetry, just hoping to catch someone's heart on the same page.


Something perceived as pleasure outside

to which our reaction was always good

won't chase away that pain inside

healing in us that lousy mood.

Is it a shopping spree, crying or a shrink

or is it gambling, overeating and venting

maybe yummy pastries, drugs or a drink

nothing serves as our cure or preventing.

It always turns out an inside job

as something in us made us snap

after living too long as a mental slob

allowing mind to accumulate some crap.

A little grudge here and frustration there

perhaps too many of those boring days

and along with any unnecessary scare

so now we feel lost in emotional maze.

In vain we look frantically for chemical crutch

for a new lover, doctor, or some new diet

if we're avoiding to get back in touch

with things causing that inner riot.

Our healing starts by loving ourselves more

and from that love comes a supporting hand

a compassion as we've never gave us before

will guide us to steps that we can understand.

© 2021 Val Karas

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