Tough People

Hemingway once said that nothing hurts if you don’t let it
And my mom once told me that things only hurt as much as you let them
But time turned their spines into titanium and taught them that their resilience comes from the sea
I’m still learning which vertebrae need reinforcing
And when I should mimic the waves
I don’t know if there is strength in feeling little or less
But the pain is already here
Demanding to be exercised before it can be exorcised
And I’ve decided to give in
Because, maybe, that’s how I heal


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