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Pain by Susan Elkin

Thick black flaps

Ragged, jagged, tear about my head

Wrenching me apart.

I am blinded, deafened and made speechless

By the biting, clawing, dragging.

Worried, warm, loving fingers tenderly stroke my arm and face

Trying to comfort, to sooth.

In vain. I am elsewhere, swallowed whole by my pain.

I writhe.

I kick.

I try to fight the twisting and the torture.

To sleep or to die would be sweet release.

I am drowning in pain.

Far away, safe on the dry land of every day

The doctor’s voice: ‘An infection of the middle ear’.

 

Susan Elkin, 1991

 

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Susan Elkin
Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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