What if all possiblepain was only the grief of truth?
The throb lingeringonly in the exit wounds
though the entries were the onesthat couldn’t close. As if either of those
was the most real of an assortmentof realities—existing, documented,
hanging like the sentencedunder one sky’s roof.
But my feelings, well,they had no such proof.
—Brenda Shaughnessy, from “All Possible Pain”Art Credit Dan Witz, “Mosh Pits”

What if all possible
pain was only the grief of truth?

The throb lingering
only in the exit wounds

though the entries were the ones
that couldn’t close. As if either of those

was the most real of an assortment
of realities—existing, documented,

hanging like the sentenced
under one sky’s roof.

But my feelings, well,
they had no such proof.

Brenda Shaughnessy, from “All Possible Pain”
Art Credit Dan Witz, “Mosh Pits”

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  23. girl-with-the-redballoon said: love this tumblr page but the picture being on the left disrupts the poem’s structure. would you ever consider including the picture at the end or the beginning?