Embracing life with chronic pain and illnesses.


I feel the searing flames

From deep within

Shooting out my groin

Where shingles usually

Make first appearance.

The flames are also licking

Along my back

Surging upwards from

Waist to shoulder

To soon envelope

My neck…and possibly the side of my face.

Flames are searing

My right leg

The burning is intense

The smoke alarm should be going off

Why are they invisible?

This horrible burning

It is occurring

From the depths of my being

To the outermost skin

I can feel the cold air

It intensifies the burn

As if to fan the flames.

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