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Sometimes one can’t appreciate
an illness in its chronic state.
Because it’s with us day by day
and never ever goes away.
At times it’s constant and unceasing
sometimes I think it is increasing.
Chronic is a word that’s fitting
for conditions unremitting.
It’s sometimes harder to explain,
an unrelenting chronic pain.
For each time I tell my tale,
it seems more churlish to bewail.
So I tend to carry on
as if my chronic pain has gone.
That way no one really knows
when I’m in pain or when it goes.
So I have this tendency
to suffer pain more silently.
I’m not heard to moan or grown,
and so I suffer on my own.
Chronic pain is not much fun
for me or you or anyone.
It can make you feel so low
and often no one else will know.
What sort of message is that sending,
where this thing is never ending.
Perhaps it should be plain to see
how this illness bothers me.
It’s definitely not simplicity
to explain chronicity.
No one really wants to know
as on their daily way they go.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
COPING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
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