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Pain is an interesting thing.
When the body is met with an object that pierces skin, neurons fire rapidly to alert the brain of the intrusion so that it may be dealt with.
However, if that object is left untouched
still nuzzled into the flesh
eventually those neurons will quiet. Despite the hazard still being quite real.
The body will cope.
Given time, the intrusion will become merely a nuisance; only reawakening those pain jolts when pressured or agitated.
It may even be accepted
as a mangled addition
skin growing over in a safe cocoon
now a part of the very body it once threatened. Permissible and yet festering.
Perhaps it becomes too much to bear.
Inflamed and infected from burrowing so much deeper than realized, but now it is buried and unseen from the outside.
To remove it now
skin must be cut
wound flushed out
so much pain for something that seemed so dismissible. Stitches fight to hold the seams.
A scar remains.
A stark contrast against your even skin, a constant reminder of the pain you once endured and still withstand.
To those who search
it can be found
a mark of unity. Shared among those who traversed the same flames.
Running a finger over the divot, you are always reminded.
You might always be marked
branded in a way
by the pain that held you captive.
And yet here you are
and here you remain.
Like a dandelion through the pavement
stubborn and fighting