In The Darkness: poem

~In The Darkness~

Laying in the darkness
Laying all alone
When most people are fast asleep
I lie here awake in the burn

Awake not because I want to be
Awake because that’s all I know how to be
My body is crying please let me rest
But my body is also making it impossible to rest

Every nerve in my body
Flaring at the same time
A twitch here
A spark there
Needles everywhere

When pain is a factor
When there is no way to be pain free
There are so many things
We must learn how to be

Learn how to laugh
Learn how to smile
Learn how to be touched
Learn how to be the person we used to be

But in the darkness
And in the pain
There is a way to feel peace again

For me it was such an easy thing
For I am truly not in this alone
I have HIM right within me
Making this journey a little easier

All I have to do is TRUST and BELIEVE
And so can YOU!

-guest writer, Kristen Braatz


Kristen Braatz is a writer of poetry, loving mother, RSD/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome survivor, and lives with other chronic illnesses. She is involved in her church and in the online chronic pain support community. Two of her favorite passages are Isaiah 45:9-10Isaiah 40:28-31. I am so grateful she is a contributor to A Body of Hope!


About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on November 7, 2014, in Poetry, RSD/CRPS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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