Phantom Pain - An Allegory

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  1. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Phantom Pain - Part One

    He didn't hear the screeching tires
    or the sirens when they came.
    As he lay there on the blacktop
    He felt no fear or pain.

    He wondered how he got there
    In the stillness of this night,
    The last thing he remembered
    Was the glare of that head light.

    And then he looked on down the road
    And saw the mangled steel,
    The handle bars and spinning tires,
    Broken struts and upturned wheels.

    In that very instant
    He began to feel the pain.
    He saw the river of his blood.
    Felt his life force as it waned.

    Phantom Pain - Part Two

    He woke up to a myriad
    Of people dressed in white
    Who spoke in quiet voices
    Like whispers in the night.

    And then a kindly doctor
    Sat down beside his bed
    "There's no easy way to tell you, son,
    The things that must be said."

    "We used every bit of skill we had
    To try to save your life
    And God was there among us
    To guide the hand that held the knife."

    "You'll live to love another day
    and be your mother's son
    But you'll do it in a different way,
    Not with two legs but with one"

    The anger festered in his heart
    He cursed and cried and swore
    As he tried to wrap his brain around
    This new adjective he wore.

    Handicapped was not a word
    That slid gently from his lips
    And so he said he wouldn't be
    This was just a little blip.

    Phantom Pain - Part Three

    First there came a walker
    Then crutches two by two
    As his broken body mended,
    his spirit once again broke through

    His new leg finally came to him
    Made of steel and wood
    Maybe not a real one
    But he's a man and now he stood.

    What lingered through the months and years
    With no words to explain,
    The sudden stabs of agony
    Known as phantom pain.

    The doctors told of causes and
    spoke in scientific terms.
    No one said its primal
    Your loss must be reaffirmed.

    The sudden loss of what was there
    and shall never be again
    deserves its recognition
    like the mourning for a friend

    So phantom pain is part of life
    The reminder of the loss,
    Of this sudden separation
    And the ache its endless cost.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015
  2. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Awesome and touching poem! Thank you!
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  3. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Thank you Sapper John
  4. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    The story of my friend Barry's life brought to another conclusion
  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    You are an Awesome friend to Barry, for a Tough old Yankee Broad. I think you may have a pure heart of gold!
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  6. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    LOL probably only stainless steel but thank you
  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Please keep sharing your writing. This one touched my heart. You have a true talent.
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  8. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Thank you Motomom
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