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The Pair that Pain Fears Most

I remember the first time I met
the world’s most obnoxious messenger.
Pain pounded on my door with both fists,
and I realized that I really didn’t like him.
It’s true that sometimes, occasionally,
he has something useful to say. Sometimes,
something is wrong and he saves the day.
But really. I’m not that slow of a learner.
Just the knock on the door will suffice.
I don’t need to invite him in and offer him pie.
Really, I just want to send him away.
And I don’t want him to come back
unless he’s got something new to say.
So imagine my excitement when I learned:
There’s a way to repel the messenger.
You see, I’ve been talking with the neighbors
and seems pain’s particularly offended
by AminoActiv’s incredible pair.
On this street alone we’ve got back strain,
an ankle sprain, and an accountant with shingles.
There’s fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis,
tennis elbow and osteoarthritis.
But when pain knocks on our doors
we’ve been answering with AminoActiv.
Some of us use capsules, some use cream
but when we use both, you can almost see him cringe.
We mean no disrespect, but our days are not his.
So if he knocks with something new, we may lend an ear
but then we’ll send him on his way with a non-toxic cheer.
Cream then capsules or capsules then cream,
that messenger turns on his heels and flees!
This poem was written by Robin Merrill. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation.