Walking Among the Wounded


Walking among the wounded,
What hides behind the smiles?
The better selves placed on display,
What hurts is it they hide?

Searching for that someone,
Who’ll bring purpose to painful pasts;
Anaesthetise bitter memories,
Break their hearts free from their casts.

Is it just a tonic?
A distraction from the pain?
Placebos that promise rapid relief,
Curatives that quickly wane.

A gauze that lightly covers,
Bleeding sores concealed;
Wounds that risk infection,
Unless given time to heal.

Lacerations are not tended to,
Nor soothed by hands of those,
Concealing or still reeling from,
Damage of their own.

Walking among the wounded,
On the other side of love;
Take shelter from the fallout,
Don’t be their collateral, be enough.

Hurt – Nine Inch Nails


5 thoughts on “Walking Among the Wounded

  1. some of your work is hard to read…. touches nerves….

    You know it’s the journey …and the pain and hurt makes us feel and grow however uncomfortable… unpalatable…. but what is so wrong with the tonic or a distraction that for a moment…i know it’s a double edged sword reminders of what’s gone but it can show you how to smile again…and smiling can be habit forming !!

    Maybe the act of trying to be happy is something we learn to forget the pain……and with time the pain lessens …and we learn to let go of that feeling…….it’s just a thought….and perhaps if we Act happy and maybe our brain cells will follow …….

    I guess we can make that journey embracing the pain or maybe we can at least try to enjoy the other moments different people can bring even though we are hurting……


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