Pain is a funny thing

Pain is a funny thing.

It doesn't listen to you
but you can't tune it out.

It feels we are all endless amateurs at emotion
Excruciatingly wrong every time
Not the same mistakes, always, but different ones.

It is greater than most of us ever grasp;
It affects us more than most of us know.

The world can be cold and lonely, but Pain is the exclamation point
That makes all the worst The Truth.

Pain is funny, because it has no cure.
Sympathy comes close, vivisecting the false and the charade, highlighting the dear and the Near
But only time can heal, and then there's no Guarantee.

Pain is funny, but few of us can laugh
For most of us, ourselves is the deepest secret of all.