This month, I’ve written a poem on the theme of change, for SecuriCare's poetry competition. This is to help raise stoma awareness whilst celebrating National Poetry Day 2018!
So, my poem was inspired by a few lines spoken by protagonist, Frodo Baggins, in one of the final scenes in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back?”
I was going for the angle of a substantial life changing experience.
How do you pick up the threads of an old life?
When all that was technicolour now appears black and white
Where have I been? I hear you ask
I relive disinfectant scented corridors
6 in a bay
Alone and desperate, will somebody help me?
In panic I lay
Tubes to perform every function
Dignity stripped away
In the darkness I thought
Is this what it means to be human?
I’ve been unwell I retort
Was it serious? I hear you say
7 hours they waited for me to emerge
From the room in which I had no role to play
My body dismantled and held together by thread
A whole day I cried
Shock, they said
Absorbing blood but not this pain
The sheets on my bed helped in some way
With a nod and a smile, I’m fine now
This motion picture, I will not animate today
Why share the scenes that changed the core of my heart?
Interest in black and white I continue to portray
Safe in the knowledge that a new technicolour awaits