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“Enraged/Entombed”
By Rob Weddle

“Jesus:

I’m…

Enraged

Encumbered
Body can’t work right
Depressed
Uptight

Wish I could sleep
but I barely drift off
I scream and I weep
I’m aging and pissed off

Taken a beating, I can show you the whelps
Rage against it but nothing helps

Demented and trapped
Tormented and handicapped

Deflated
Debilitated

Frustrated
Ill-fated

Serrated
Vacated

Mind and spirit lacerated

God, I’m so angry

Angry…and in pain
Always with the pain

Impassioned

Entombed!

Forever (?)
Regardless, I need you more now than ever

Well, I guess that’s about it.

Amen.”

FINDINGS ABOUT CHRONIC PAIN AS IT RELATES TO ANGER:

  • When compared to other negative emotions, such as fear or sadness, anger is the most prominent emotion for chronic pain sufferers (1).
  • People who give in to their hostility and anger tend to experience more severe pain (2).
  • Laughter may truly be good medicine, increasing the pain threshold in some chronic pain patients (2). See Proverbs 17:22.
  • Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. (3)

1) Doheny, Kathleen. The Interactions of Emotions and Chronic Pain. Practical Pain Management. 2018. (Accessed Monday, December 13, 2021)
2) Fernandez E, Milburn TW. Sensory and Affective Predictors of Overall Pain and Emotions Associated with Affective Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. 1994. (Accessed Monday, December 13, 2021)
3) 2nd Corinthians 4:17 – New Living Translation. Bible Gateway. (Accessed Monday, December 13, 2021)

2 comments on ““Enraged/Entombed” – Chronic Pain Poetry

  1. I can really relate to this after suffering chronic illness, pain, and depression for the last 10 years. Praying comfort, healing, and blessings for you, sir. Grace and peace to you.

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    1. Rob Weddle says:

      It’s so debilitating in every way, like walking around on fire all the time, while people are asking why you’re depressed or grumpy. I’ve learned to manage my emotions pretty well over years but it takes effort. Praying for you as well, and thanks for the comment!

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