He could see the nurses moving round
as they fussed about his bed
He could hear each word they spoke of him
as if he was already dead
and yet they knew he was alive
or why would he still be there,
he’d already be burnt to ash and dust
and been stuck on a mantle somewhere.
It was odd the way that it started
he was walking home from work one day
his legs just started to feel strange
then he collapsed as they fell away.
He was rushed to the emergency hospital
where his condition had got better each day
but suddenly he went into the spasm
that ended with him lying here today.
Locked-in syndrome he heard one doctor
say to a colleague talking over his bed
and while they were all wondering about him
he silently screamed in his head.
All the things they…
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