The Pain is Our Pain

sunrise on beach


The pain is our pain.
It is the wound in the world and
we are of the world.
I know that all moments,
across the whole of humanity,
are occasions of suffering and joy,
beyond my scope.

I suppose that when a blow lands
so close to heart and home,
the perimeter I hold against the tides of sorrow
breaks like a levee, and I risk such deluge.
The dark roil of Her great injury takes my breath.
Like black waves made of such gravity
that my light cannot escape.
For a moment longer than time,
in that numb, drowned dungeon, in a hole in the world,
I forget that it is not the whole of the world.

Camus inquires, “what else is there to do but live?”

And living is the celebration of the love
from which we emerge, deeper than our knowing
or our feeling because it is the love from the Source
where they are still the same.
I choose it.
My sight is bleary and my heart is pierced
and chained but I see you all stir and rise beside me.
I rise.
I remember.
I hail you, the other ships upon the roil.
Like lanterns that shatter the illusion of starless night.
Breaking the dark horizon with hope of a thousand
soul-sized suns in the fire-bled sky.

Brandon Haydon

About Brandon Haydon, LCSW

Brandon Haydon joined the LifeWorks Psychotherapy team in January 2016. He attended the School of Social Work at Loyola University and trained at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). He has completed the Center on Halsted's Volunteer Orientation and Training, Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) T.E.A.M's Comprehensive HIV Training, Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP)'s Community and Ally Training and Loyola University Chicago's LGBTQIA Safe Space Training. Brandon is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) and Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT).

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