It’s been a long time
Since I knew pain like this.
Maybe I never have.
That’s how it feels, anyway.
The slightest “wrong” motion
Activates the knife that slices through muscle
And mind—oh, yes, mind—
And that, of course, is the more serious issue
Since “muscle strain, probable tendinitis” will eventually run its course;
But the mind, out of its primordial fears that the slightest discomfort signals
Turns every annoying agony into fully developed existential angst,
And in such manner makes its own hell.