OctPoWriMo Day 2 – Hiding From the Pain

OctPoWriMo Day 2 – Hiding From the Pain

Writing poetry is a passion, whether for this OctPoWriMo or on any other day, it is in my blood and won’t be denied. Here is another poem for the 31 Poems in 31 Days challenge. Are you participating in this challange?



Hiding hasn’t served you any purpose

yet hide is what you’ve done

staying in your home

like a shut in though

going out when needed

but only if necessary

hiding in your home

away from the pain that waits

out there

waiting to pounce at any

given moment

pain that isn’t really out there

that is actually in here


holding onto you

not letting you move

not letting you stretch

pain that hides trying to fool you

into thinking it can be controlled

if only you do this or that

that pain will be avoided

but it is a trickster

it is a liar

because you can’t avoid the pain

you can’t hide away from the pain

you can only transform it


~Morgan Dragonwillow


I had previously written a poem Where do Our Words Come From (Hope you decide to check it out) and chose to write something a little different for the prompt at OctPoWriMo Day 2.


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33 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo Day 2 – Hiding From the Pain

  1. I appreciate not only the metaphor in this, but also the literal truth: having been flat on my back for a couple of months, with only the briefest of sorties for treatment, this morning I had my longest period out of bed and house in order to go to town to try and sort out some telephone problems. I realised that I am not as better as I thought I was, and the pain really was waiting out there.

  2. Oh yeah, I hear you! “pain that isn’t out there, but in here” Truth! My friend, you have truly transformed that paralyzing pain into something beautiful here!

    • Thank you Amy, yes because everything out there is only a reflection of what is in here. I wish it weren’t true and yet it gives hope like nothing else could because we can’t change what is out there we can only change what is within.

    • Thanks Linda, when I wrote this I really hesitated over posting it. I didn’t think it was very good and that it was kind of harsh but I have had more comments today that lead me to believe it is exactly what some people needed to hear.

    • Thank you Tui, I have to smile at the fact that it is the first line (once again) that struck you. I think a lot of people are mulling over this one. What is funny/interesting is I originally wrote this in the first person and then realized it had to be this way instead. Now I see why. 🙂

  3. A graceful acceptance of pain. Can we escape from its clutches? It is our constant companion when the heart breaks or when the soul is hurt! An inspiring write Morgan 🙂

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