Eight

there's a chart in the emergency room
the one with the weird emoji's on it
what's your pain level?
what's your pain level?
how do you explain to them
that you live your life at an eight
so your four is a little different for most people
how do you explain that a five is a blessing
and a one is a once a year occurrence
how do you tell them
when you close your eyes you don't see numbers
you see lightening strikes and missile launches
that comparison is the only way to
gauge pain but your comparisons
don't help you so much
when your face tells them your fine
so you watch the belief fade
as they walk out again
but you carry on
as they dismiss the physical
because you've been trained
a little too well to deal with the mental.