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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

What rises in the spaces between the cells,   p. 30


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What Rises in the Spaces Between the Cells 
Start where you are. If you cannot 
love the body that feels the pain, 
love the body that forgets pain, 
love the pleasure that tickles up 
in the absence of pain, love 
the body that carries the not- 
pain. Start where you are. If you can't 
love the body that bears the pain, 
love the not-pain that surrounds all 
pain. Bear the feel of nothing but 
pain. Then love the body that holds 
your pain, for the pain surrounds all 
not-pain, as breath surrounds breathing. 
Start where you are. If you cannot 
love the body that minds the pain, 
just breathe. Start. For pain is the path 
to no pain, as pain is the path 
to pain. I am told of painkillers, 
I am told of the power 
of prayer. I am told that pain is 
my friend-just try having none. 
Ask a paralyzed vet. Ask 
a quad. Ask that bum on your stump. 
Ask forty days and forty nights, 
ask the quiet face of night hell, 
ask all futile molecules, 
ask the merchants of dismal joy, 
ask what rises in the spaces 
between the cells. Ask. Then breathe. 
Start where you are. If you cannot, 
breathe. And start where you are. 
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