This is how it feels to have chronic pain

Trapped in the body of a very old woman
Withering and fading
My joints pop and creak like old wooden floors
A constant ache in my back that I can’t heal
Like an itch, I cannot scratch
They say if I change my diet it will improve
Exercise helps! They tell me
How can I exercise when picking up my child hurts?
Every day I struggle until I lay down
This is where I want to stay
But I have to keep going…