Pain slowly crawling
through me.
Born inside, slowly
creeping out of my skin.

Fear setting in,
gently asking, can you take some more?
Watch the answer formulate in my mind;
whatever you can dish out,
I’ll take in.
Just focusing on the quiet little center;
that none can shatter;
just breathe to ease the pain away.

It’s not the end
lonely man
mend the wounds
head on out forward back again.