Understudy to Pain

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Pain is the lead

I am the understudy

I’ve learned all the lines

All the rules

Of how to live life

But when it comes time to take the stage

It is never my turn


I’m never in control

I feel prepared, I could take over

I could be the star

It’s not my time

I wait, I practice

Maybe today

Maybe tomorrow


It will be my time

For now, I am minor

I almost don’t exist

I am here, in the back

Silent, waiting

Letting the pain lead my days

Until I can step into the role

And live