the good hurt
Sarah Sheffe

this hurt
is the good hurt.

like music, pain
transpires both simple and compound.

today, she is lucky:
the ache in her
thighs and abdominals
can be explained,
as a four note tune;
through the stretching
of limbs
as through a gentle bow stroke.

she plays the fibres
of muscle
like an instrument,

and when she plays
the softly tanned wood
is her

sends streams of healing notes
from the hollowed cranial
to worn fingerboard,
to the pools
of lactic acid in her
upper arms:

blending with
the good hurt.