A poem about the many kinds of pain we have.

Many kinds of Pain

By: Joe Attanasio 2011




There are many kinds of pains in the world,

Here are but a few.


The pain of loss is an empty pain,

Knowing someone or something is gone forever.


Physical pain screams at you and controls you,

Whether from injury or disease no matter, hurt is hurt.


Pain of regret lingers and haunts,

So often no way to change, no second chances.


Pain of compassion the pain we feel and share,

A deep pain from the sorrow of others.


Pain of helplessness, being out of our reach,

Wanting to change something but being unable.


Pain of wanton waste, a crying shame,

A pain felt in your soul, against humanity.


Pain of indecision, a confusing pain,

The painful struggle in our thoughts.


Pain of verbal abuse,  a deep scaring,

A pain of the heart and the mind.


Pain of grief, an ebbing and ripping hurt,

An overwhelming sadness that lingers.


Pain of anxiety, an overwhelming feeling of dread,

Unable to face the future, a fearful pain.


Searching for an ‘empath’,

To take our pain away.


Writing poems about our pain,

Sharing our pain with others.


Searching for a distraction,

Often our only hope!!





Submitted: October 15, 2011

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liked it..too good..

Sat, October 15th, 2011 2:30pm


Thanks for the nice comment. I appreciate it.

Sat, October 15th, 2011 9:40am

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wow, so powerful, very organized, each one clearly stands out. GREAT, MANY KINDS OF PAIN. cool ending too.

Thu, October 20th, 2011 1:26pm


Always a pleasure to read your reviews... Thanks!

Thu, October 20th, 2011 7:17am


This is very creative, and a subject that we all share. I have depression, and mildly bi-polar. So you touched a chord with me here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on pain.


Tue, November 1st, 2011 1:32pm


My daughter likewise is mildly bi-polar. When we write about what we know and how we feel it seems to have that extra something! Thanks again for taking time to read me and comment.

Tue, November 1st, 2011 8:39am

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