He crushed his own body parts
through reckless physical activities
but no pain touches reality
like the pain of a broken heart.
The body’s pain of days in intensive care
then lasting months upon more months
can’t touch the heart’s pain experienced once —
a pain which often leads to despair.
The body’s pain like that of childbirth
vanishes with just a faint lasting memory.
The heart’s pain lasts for eternity —
lasting even through love’s rebirth.
Such pain cannot be bid adieu
or even simply put behind
in the exigencies of time;
rather endured as one travels through.
The only contentment of embracing such pain
comes knowing the cause was great love gained.