A/N: This isn't as depressing as the title suggests, actually. And I'm really trying to do better imagery with my poems… This poem was really a sort of experiment, because it's a sort of style that I haven't done before. I really like it, though. Very interesting. (Written on December 15, 2000.)

PainPain

A rock in my soul

Leaves

Like a burning coal

Flames

Slowly eat away

Smoke

Vanishes in decay

And

It's gone to stay

Now

It's kept at bay