I stumbled upon this powerful image by Darshan Gavali and felt compelled to put words to it, describing my interpretation of chronic illness. I hope I’ve done it justice. First draft.
Remission (noun): a temporary diminution of the severity of disease or pain.
We forget, for a time, that there’s a debt that must be paid.
When the moments turn to hours and the hours’ blur with days.
Moments where we delude ourselves and forget about the pain.
Like it will never return, but with it, our hope can only fade.
As a well-used book, we never retain the same look, or feel.
Scars they cover scars; we can only adapt. Never truly heal.
The flares they grow longer, and with each, the realisation we can’t be the same.
For remission is not a solution but a temporary diminution…
of the severity…
of our pain.