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Cup 22:  Pain


How it can twist you.


How pain can make you not tell right from wrong, up from down, black from white.


How pervasive pain is, so pervasive there is no not-pain to let you know that what you are feeling is pain.


How pain twists thought, deadens, scars feelings.


How pain narrows vision, hardens the center.


How molecules and promises that ease pain become a daily habit, terrifyingly temporary.


How invisible pain is, wrapped in lies of love, colors of a flag, emblems on coins.


How we breathe pain as the air gets hotter, full of cries of the dying.

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