Laugh Till It Hurts

by Robin Patterson

You never said it
but I felt it just the same
every lump in your throat
echoed out my name

And it cut like a knife
to feel you slipping away
to know the look in your eyes
said it's better this way

With years swallowed whole
and numbness set it
we still went through the motions
pretended to win

So now I'll laugh till it hurts
let the pain be my guide
can't stand this nothing
I'm feeling inside

Yes I'll laugh till it hurts
sweet pain be my friend
because living without you
is too far to bend


Posted on 06/21/2011
Copyright © 2018 Robin Patterson

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mo Couts on 06/21/11 at 05:27 PM

Sweet and sad, all bundled into one wonderfully presentable package. Nicely done, Robin.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 06/21/11 at 08:37 PM

...making pain your friend, cool, hadn't thought of that. and make it bend. good write, robin.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 06/23/11 at 10:01 PM

I like the notion behind that last stanza. Some interesting thoughts throughout this thing.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/13/17 at 03:20 AM

Eloquently expressed Robin. Good to finally catch up with it/you.

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