Day 5 Without Vioxx

Not there yet, but looking forward to what she said whilst eyeballing the Celebrex…

After Great Pain, by Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes
The nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs
The stiff heart questions was it he, that bore,
And yesterday, or centuries before?
The feet, mechanical, go round
Of ground, or air, or ought
A wooden way
Regardless grown,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.
This is the hour of lead
Remembered, if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow.
First chill – then stupor – then the letting go.


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