Technicolour: A Poem Of Change

by Rakhee Patel

Rakhee Technicolour

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

Rakhee Patel

About the author

I'm Rakhee, I have had a loop ileostomy and now have an end ileostomy due to Crohn's disease. Happy to share my journey!

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