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Phantom Pain

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Below is the poem entitled Phantom Pain which was written by poet Eileen Manassian. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Phantom Pain

You’re no longer a part of my life
Amputated
Before the gangrene
Of tortured doubts
Reached my heart
Poisoning along the way
It couldn’t be cleansed away
Or so I thought….
Cut away…
Cut away from my life
And all that remains
Is my maimed heart

And yet….
On cold and rainy days
I feel the phantom pain
Gnawing away
Alternating between
A tingling tightness
And a burning sensation
Where your presence used to be

I try to manage
To go through my day
The missing part of my life
That was your smile
Your eyes
Your body
Fused to mine
That missing part
That I feel but cannot touch
Makes me dysfunctional
And I need a crutch
A pseudo love
To get on by

The phantom pain
Won’t go away
ALWAYS THERE
A dull reminder
Of your absence
That eats at my soul
Working it's way to my heart
Poisoning along the way
Wasn't that why you were cut away?
A childish attempt to protect my heart
From the possible death of love?

Yet….how is it that I’m dying anyway…
Without you….
The missing part of my heart!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 6:43:00 PM
    If it is possible I think I enjoyed this one even more the second time.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/27/2014 7:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm glad...
  1. Date: 7/31/2013 1:56:00 PM
    You are a very wonderful writer, and all your poems are well worthy reading...Peter

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 7:59:00 PM
    i love the analogy and the way you've woven it so brilliantly into your poem! bravo!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/30/2013 6:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Ilene. I love hearing from you.....especially now when I'm a bit unable to write! :( Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 7/29/2013 7:28:00 PM
    It sounds like you looked at the loss of love from the perspective of a very sick diabetic amputee. This is a good poem

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/30/2013 6:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    PJ...thanks so much for your post. I'm glad you like the way it turned out! :)
  1. Date: 7/29/2013 6:20:00 PM
    Richards comments kill me, tell it like it is Richard! Don't hold back buddy! Another excellent piece, you are so creative.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/30/2013 6:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the creative bit, Richard....I do so love your words of praise....Richard S is a tease. He keeps me on my toes! :)
  1. Date: 7/29/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Sounds like this lady fell in love with a complete dickhead, regrets it but still wonders, 'what might have been', if things had been different, a pain that haunts many. Great write on this sad human condition. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/27/2014 6:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It made me laugh to read this one again Richard.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/30/2013 6:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hmmmmmmm....do you mean to say that love is like a tap to be switched on and off at will? If it were THAT easy...surely there would be no broken hearts in this world, Mr Seal. In principle....I agree with you....Tell it to her heart!
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 7/29/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I suggest she gets over the 'might have beens', and moves on with her life. It was never going to work no matter how much she loved him. Yes this is a strong poem Eileen, one eveybody can relate too. Living with heartaches from the past does no good.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/29/2013 2:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My dear Mr Seal....mind your language!!!! ;) Hi, Richard! Glad you stopped by to visit me again. This poem evoked strong emotions, eh? Yes....a very sad human condition.....This lady needs help, I believe....any suggestions?
  1. Date: 7/29/2013 12:06:00 PM
    a heartbreaker it is... the angst so well espressed and highlighted by your piercing language, eileen... well done!.:) huggs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/29/2013 2:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Nette. How honored I am that you visit me. You are a star here! Thank you! Hugs!
  1. Date: 7/29/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Love, at the edge of sanity. It needs to make sense again. So much pain & ominous perspective here. You laced this poem grand. Fantastic job!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 7/29/2013 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Drake...I'm running out of ways to thank you that sound sincere and from my heart. You know it's true, though.....right? I do appreciate your visits, and your kind thoughts...I'm a bit....hmmmmmm.....I don't know...It's becoming an effort to write....I'm losing touch....Your visits brighten up my day.