Pain, like a rigid, unseen hand
jabbed along my spine and
up under the base of my skull.
Pain, like a thumb pressed deep
into the soft tissue on the side of my neck
as if to interrupt the flow of blood.
Pain, like a ribbon stretched
from the base of my skull to my eye socket
and slowly dragged towards my ear.
Pain, untouched by meds
that leave me sleepless at night
in defiance of the warning labels on the bottles.
But, the good news, so I am told,
is that there is no reason for my pain
and that it is all inside my head.