Treasure Island

ashfaq bakali


My Heart Skips A Beat


Here comes the pain again
thumping, throbbing on my chest
Feels like an approaching train

It's killing me day after day
I feel, I sense, I breathe but
everything I see appears to be grey

Gone are the days when I whistled my way to work
I ran and jumped and forever slogged
Now, neither can I move nor jerk

Together we walked the Great Wall of China
Life was full of ambitions and certainties
In my heart then lived Angelina, Ah! now its Angina

The cardiologist says I have treated my body like a gutter
Yes, takeaways and junk-foods led me astray
and my fingers were always dipped in oil and butter

My world revolves around Zestril and Atorvastatin
Eating wholegrains, fibres and unsalted foods
And I'm getting tired filling forms asking for my next of kin

Exhaustion is setting in, just had another angiogram
Tubes, needles, and patches are my new body adornments
Lying helplessly on the bed like a baby in a pram

My heart skips a beat, I'm breathless and in pain
Fatigue and insomnia also are my constant companions
How similar! when me and Angelina danced in the rain

My messiah says, 'it's not the end, it's a mere hiccup'
I know that I have a mountain to climb
but I want to live, I will not give up

My battle with BP and ECG will one day be won
Soon blood will gush through my blocked arteries and veins
The day will come when I will run a marathon

Submitted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013
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This poem is about a friend of mine who had an heart attack, and this poem describes his feelings and conditions whilst under treatment.

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