Acute pain is a stranger.
Chronic pain is an old acquaintace:
The dinner companion bore,
Or the irritating insinuating mother in law,
Or the taxman and sheriff rolled all into one.
Acute pain I can deal with.
Chronic pain is a reminder.
It's an old lover that asks questions,
Do you remember when, and where we first met.
Acute pains brings me to religion
Chronic pain erodes my faith.
Acute pain, I want to live, desperately.
Chronic pain, I want to die, finally.
Acute pain is shocking.
Chronic pain is numbing.
Acute pain is something I must deal with.
Chronic pain is something I must ignore.
Acute pain surprises.
Chronic pain blames.
Acute pain I take to the doctor,
Chronic pain, I take to the grave.