pain

logically
I know
that fire is
not
burning through
my tired and aching leg
and it is
not
wrapped in bands
of hot tight iron
and it is
not
broken, cut or
otherwise injured
and yet
my nerve
is screaming
that it is all of these things
and nothing is
comfortable
even with
this pill
and that pill
and shifting
and jiggling
and wiggling
and w i s h i n g
for
blessed
relief

an ode to a numb leg

you look quite normal
and yet
the feeling is
you are not real
you don’t belong
attached to me
but alien
joined up
but separated
I prod and poke
to check you’re there
sensation is
all rubbery wrong
like local
anaesthetic flows
across the surface
of your skin
how do you feel so numb
and yet you ache
from deep within?
I rather liked you
as you were
I do not like
this change
I hope that one day
not too far
you will be mine again