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Pain Vs. Sorrow

September 21, 2017

Sean Michael, August 2017

Pain hurts
sorrow is sweet
Pain is an instrument of confusion
While sorrow tries to lend understanding
Pain is caused
while sorrow is felt
Pain is an instrument of our malignancies
While sorrow deals in empathetic reasoning
Pain just stabs
But the sorrow moves through me
Pain is akin to hatred
While sorrow is a friend of love
Sorrow sets me ablaze with passion
While the pain just causes me to self-destruct
I hope that one day sorrow will lead me gently
from this life
But I fear that it is pain which will be my end

 

Posted for dVerse Poets, Open Link Night #204, September 21, 2017

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28 Comments
  1. You wrote of their differences so well and thoroughly here. I can’t agree more with your descriptions. Well done, thank you!

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  2. Pain to be sure is sad. But I have never thought of the two as distinct and your write really does a great job of defining each.

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  3. annjekins permalink

    You are not alone.. I to fear pain will be my end.. then again maybe it will be happiness.. anyway this is a great post.. Stay Strong..

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  4. This is so powerful, my all time favorite in your writing… really a springboard to further thought. Also in your pain you are alone, but sorrow can be shared,,,

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  5. scotthastiepoet permalink

    I agree with Bjorn, this is a very honestly powerful write and how very spooky that you have taken the very same theme as I have this time round with my piece ‘Like a flutter’ Synchronicity or what! With Best Wishes…

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  6. Pain is akin to hatred
    While sorrow is a friend of love
    Sorrow sets me ablaze with passion

    Love this! Beautifully poignant.

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  7. The last line was a left hook to a glass chin.

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  8. “Pain is akin to hatred
    While sorrow is a friend of love”

    Beautiful.

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  9. You have sketched the difference between pain and sorrow so well. Many people think sorrow and pain are the same, and try to avoid all sorrow, not realizing it is sorrow that heals our greatest pain. I pray you find comfort in your sorrow and that it heal your fiercest pain.

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  10. Your insight is so accurate in your comparison between pain and sorrow. I hadn’t really given it much thought before but it’s so true. Pain has a sharp edge to it whereas sorrow has a soft more fluid feel. I sure hope your end is not through pain…I really, truly hope not.

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  11. Interesting thoughts and distinctions. Thank you.

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  12. I really like this! This is an amazing reflection on the differences between pain and sorrow, and it seems 100% correct!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed this poem. I was really sad one day and I got thinking…”Is this pain or sorrow?” so there actually was quite a bit of reflection involved.

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  13. Nice distinction between pain and sorrow. I liked these lines: “Pain is akin to hatred
    While sorrow is a friend of love”

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  14. I appreciate your thoughts between pain and sorrow ~ I hope and pray that the ending is one of peace and gratitude ~

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