Poem – Count

When the pain is so bad and you’re wanting to die, count the good stuff. 
When your heartbeat betrays you by beating on regardless, when your breath keeps on coming in between sobs of pain, count the good stuff.
When the view is so bleak and the clouds are so black, when the rain and the cold and the pain knock you down, when you feel like a long distant shore may be home, because being pain free would beat being alone, count the good stuff. 
When the tablets are calling and sleep is your friend, count the good stuff. 
When the night is too long and the days never ending, when the bottle’s a friend and it doesn’t judge.  When the bitter black anger screams this isn’t fair, this isn’t my life, I didn’t chose here.  Count the good stuff. 
In the worst of your pain you’re never truly alone, that’s the good stuff. 
When you’re angry and wanting to scream at the day, when your damned limbs betray you and get in your way, when the pain is a physical beast that you fight, that tears it’s way inside your head deep at night, it’s the love that clings on and gives strength to your fight – that’s the good stuff. 

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