sedated with pain
it's supposed to take the pain away
make you numb
But is it possible to feel the pain even when you're sedated?
Like rubbing ice repeatedly on skin
It makes it go senseless.
It feels - but at the same time
a house collapsing in the midst of fire
bombs dropping down on what was once a tropical beach
shadows of darkness made by inferno
two boys playing with a toy gun in the street
a teacher rounding up her students to take shelter inside
a doctor administering morphine to a dying soldier.
The images float around in the air
Their stories-their own form of pain relief.
They shoot arrows of ice until everyone is numb
numb with a side effect of pain.