Poems Writings

comfortable pain

β€œIt’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

why is emotional pain

so comfortably familiar?


almost delicious

the tears roll down my face


i take from my happiness

and give


give it away

like a piece of discarded


household item


when it is my heart

beating outside my body

up for auction


stab stab


i stab my own



my honour cries and scolds

my heart opens up

and swallows

all the ugliness

to wash it in my

river of

love prostitution




am drained


my heart has to pour


my honour is empty

of tears

and courage


i sell love




salty wounds


Do you ever find emotional pain comfortable?


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  1. This is so raw and gut-wrenching! <3 As Harlan Ellison said: Without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. Emotional pain can be a real cleanser at times πŸ™‚

    1. That’s beautiful, I really like that, sometimes we must lean into our feelings, no matter how hard.

      1. Very true! Plus it’s such a valuable way of expressing yourself. Hope you have a good week ahead πŸ™‚

  2. Powerful, Em. Fortunately, I haven’t suffered from severe emotional pain in many years. I think the worst emotional pain I’ve experienced to date was between 1992 – 1994. First, my 3-year relationship with my first real love ended. I was a wreck for months. Then about 2 years later, my best friend killed himself driving drunk, and that derailed me for damn near a year. When my Super Aunt or one of my parents dies, I will have a very difficult time coping.


    1. Denny, you squeezed my heart when you wrote about parents’ death. I have been dreading it since I was little, and OCD doesn’t help with getting rid of the thoughts. Maybe I will write about it someday so I can let go a little. (parents are both happy and healthy(ish), thankfully)!

      1. Same for mine, Em. I don’t like to think of their parting any more than I do of The Girl or The Boy growing up & moving out. I’ve become such an emotional being in my middle age. Stay happy!

        1. Thanks, you stay happy and awesome as well πŸ™‚

  3. Looking back on it, people (I, me) can find or have found emotional pain comfortable in cases such as when we grieve over the loss of a loved one.

    We are right to feel pain then, right?

    I mean, we really did love them, right?

    Even in pain, narcissism

    1. Your question really pinches a nerve in me, I have not done well in coping with loss. When my very young uncle passed away, I was depressed for a year, and I still can’t understand if I were sad for him, or me!

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