Poem of the Week: “The Pain Game”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “The Pain Game”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed as part of my July 2009 Thorny Roses update, entitled “New Thorns on My Roses”, shared upon my return from my epic trip with a good friend to Southeast Asia as I headed into the first of my breast cancer surgeries. Its ending was revised following my breast cancer recurrence diagnosis.

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4 thoughts on “Poem of the Week: “The Pain Game”

  1. It’s very true: deep agreement. At this point I want to be an example for my toddler boys. So much pain. But it’s about enjoying life in any way I can and showing the boys that I do not give up. I keep trying to heal and we keep doing things together: walks, gardening, playground dates with friends, making homemade food when the allergies prevent sharing. It’s not about sharing the same food, it’s about sharing the same table and the love.

    • What a life-affirming and loving reflection on my poem!! Thank you very much, Christina. As I’ve indicated in my poem, I’ve come to realise that there are healthy and unhealthy ways of dealing with various pains, and finding ways that motivate us to keep going, to keep living, is key! Showing your boys that you are human, and not always superhuman, also sets a good example! 🙂

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