Is it an unanticipated kick of a toe into a hard place
or an unfortunate encounter between a funny bone and a frame?
Perhaps a too-hot substance overwhelming the tongue or
a sharp object finding rest skin-deep.
If you ask me what hurts most, I think I’d tell
you that, for as many physical ailments that occur,
for as many sharp stressor signals shot
between point of impact and brain
there is no pain more devastating
than the pain sourced