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What Pain

I've heard the stories of all the pain
Of birthing a child and raising him.
I have to ask, "What's that again?
I don't remember any pain."

I don't recall what went before
They brought my baby through the door.
They laid him there, right by my breast.
Every loving mother knows the rest.

Any thought of pain just went away.
The wonder I still feel today
Of holding him, my new born son,
In every way a perfect one.

I was on a cloud, not a narrow bed
As my hand caressed his downy head.
What is that you say?  You ask again?
I don't remember any pain.

The years went by, too fast for me,
His first birthday, then two and three;
And then the years together ran.
Before I knew he was a man.

He chose the work he loved to do.
He married and had a family too.
I would like to have my boy again
But boy or man caused me no pain.

And now they say my son is gone, 
I must find a way to carry on.
You ask me that question once again?
Oh yes, oh yes, now I know of pain.




By: Joyce Johnson






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  1. Date: 4/10/2012 1:03:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in P.D's "Emotional" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 12:03:00 PM

    Joyce congrats on your win, heartfelt words..David

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 11:51:00 AM

    My dear Joyce....a heartbreaking poem. It's going to my Favs. Im so sorry for your loss. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 10:24:00 AM

    congrats on your win, with your exceptional write. cory

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 10:08:00 AM

    Joyce, congratulations with your emotional poem! Thank you very much for sharing something so emotional with us. Some poems, are tough to express and share out in the open. God Bless. Always~ PD

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 9:12:00 AM

    Congratulations Joyce on your win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Twist and SHOCK" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/10/2010 9:58:00 PM

    congratulations, Joyce, for your win with this heartfelt poem. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/8/2010 8:36:00 AM

    Joyce, you have written the most beautiful moving poetry here. What a delight to read this fine Sunday. Many congratulations on your win in Nikko's fine contest with this gem >> James

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 9:44:00 PM

    Congrats on your win, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 12:16:00 PM

    Congrats Joyce on your winning poem in the Twist and Shock contest.. another brilliant piece and another fantastic win my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 10:14:00 AM

    Hi Joyce :) Congrats on your win with your poem-- so sad to know of pain in this manner-- and I feel for you (my mom knows this too well...) & thank you for your comments in my blog, I really am glad that you agree so far with the winners that I chose :) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 1:58:00 AM

    Glad I finally caught up with the soup and found this lovely poem of yours. I would also like to have my boy again..great line from a loving mother.. congrats on your feature. BG

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 1:58:00 AM

    Glad I finally caught up with the soup and found this lovely poem of yours. I would also like to have my boy again..great line from a loving mother.. congrats on your feature. BG

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 1:29:00 AM

    Nicely written. I'm sorry for your loss and pain.

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 4:08:00 PM

    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week on the Soup, Joyce! Great job! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 9:00:00 AM

    Many congratulations on your fine poetry being featured this week Joyce, Happy New Year to you >> James,xx

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 2:05:00 PM

    Was right with you up until the last stanza ... thought you were telling my story too ... but you've left me breathless and hoping this isn't really true. If so, my heart aches, Joyce and how brave you are to be able to write this awesome poem!! It is a treasure and an incredible write to be a feature this week at the Soup! Congratulations ... and sincere sympathy!

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 8:38:00 AM

    Congrats Joyce on your featured poem this week on the Soup... beautiful write... blessings ... luv... Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 8:09:00 AM

    As a mother of sons and a daughter, this poem speaks to me. It is painful to let them go....but would also be painful, if they didn't want to go.... Mothers have a difficult time either way, however, we must learn to be happy to see them make a life of their own. Great poem, Joyce! ~ love, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 6:57:00 AM

    Congrats on this wonderful poem! As a mother, I can relate! As a I always say, poerty is the best theraphy! Hugs always, Robin

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 3:11:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Joyce. May you have may more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 12:21:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature this week Joyce.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 10/4/2009 11:06:00 AM

    Amazing poem. Congrats!! Love Light Truth Patty

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 10:32:00 PM

    Joyce, congratulations on making the first round of the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:09:00 PM

    Joyce, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition >> James

  1. Date: 11/20/2008 2:09:00 PM

    I certainly have chills after reading this. All the complaining we do in life, when we should simply appreciate all our blessings, all our gifts. Our children being the greatest of all. My heart goes out to you, and I am so very sorry for such a terrible loss. You most certainly put things in perspective in this excellent and touching write. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/20/2008 12:27:00 PM

    My dear friend, I cannot say I know how you feel, but, I will say that I am so sorry for your loss. This is a lovely poem, written from a pure and wonderful heart. I hope the pain becomes easier to bear, and I am sure you know that you will see him again. Love to you, from me. Christie

  1. Date: 11/20/2008 11:15:00 AM

    i know your pain. I lost my son at the age of 39 three years ago. this was a very touching and tender piece of lovely poetry. and I'm very sorry for your lost.