caught a rise

Anger is a response to pain.
Sometimes that pain is about
deflecting shame of embarrassment.
Sometimes that pain is about
long festering wounds that never scab over,
maybe quiet for a time,
then that new wrong reminds you,
exhumes intensity.
Sometimes it’s here and now
cutting, searing, concussing, contusing,
abusing, denying you as human, or
demanding tribute you can’t afford.
Brandish that angry sword to express,
transmute what you can no longer
endure as pain.
Anger can be a burden, but also
an inspiration to discover succor
and possible solutions to move toward,
to mitigate your pain.