Pain of Being

The tooth aches painfully

When you’re in pain all you want is it to stop.

And I’m aware of my being.

Someone who grinds his teeth to submission.

And yet the pain continues

I don’t know how to let others know.

Should I smile to distract myself?

Or let them know and they will be indifferent?

I taste it…

The mouth longs for Vitamin C

Eventually the dullness of the pain reminds me I’m alive.

(c) A.R. Minhas 2020

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