When I was 15

They taught me in my physics class

About the law of conservation of energy

Energy is never destroyed,

I was told

It only changes from one form to another

5 years on from that day and I have learnt

Pain and energy

Work in strangely similar ways

Pain is the same

Or maybe

It is an energy too

Pain is never destroyed

(Maybe like energy it cannot be destroyed)

It just changes its shapes and auras

Sometimes it comes in the form of an unrequited love

A broken heart

A tragic separation

Heart wrenching betrayal by those you dearly loved

Sometimes it appears in the guise of poverty

Making life hard to sustain

Sometimes it knocks on our door as an illness, a disease or a malady

Crippling us of our energy

And at times it finds us as the emptiness in our chest

In the loneliness you feel amidst crowds

In sleeping pills and anti-depressants

In drugs and desolation

It stumbles upon our path in the death

Of a loved one

It is the heart of a child losing parents at a tender age

It the flower that was crushed before it could bloom

It is the mellow nostalgia of being far away from your motherland

It appears in tanks and jets raining down bombs

It is destroyed cities and wrecked houses

It is the faces of war torn refugees seeking shelter in alien lands

It is everything you find and lose over and over again

It is the futile effort that leaves you empty handed at the end of day

It is the meaninglessness when you have the world at your feet

Finally conquered

Pain and energy are the same

They are never destroyed

In the equation of life

Pain is the constant


11 thoughts on “Physics

  1. Great poem, got me thinking.. So tough. But yes pain is an energy, it cannot be destroyed, but it cam be changed, as sound to heat or movement to electricity.. Can deep pain be turned into e,pathetic warmth? I guess it takes time, lots of time and goodness around us, and strength and faith and drive and good fortune.. Perhaps…

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