Relax, twinged pain, relax
Dissolve under the hot massage
Drain out beneath the shower
Flow out into the world.
Hard-rounded ball of stone
Release yourself into pebbles.
Lingering lazy pebbles,
Release yourself into pulp.
Merge the pulp into flesh and skin
Let your sorrows be your teachers.
Better prepared for the next battle,
Churned into sweetness and understanding
Your soldiers will embrace the attack
Crushing it against your heart.
Sylvia Munton, August 2013