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Asleep (A coma that I'm in so deep) - A poem by Richard Mawby
Ever since I finished this poem, it never ceases to bring me back to the moment I wrote it. The emotion and love poured into these words was substantial and I can feel exactly how I did when I felt the need to write this poem.
Asleep is inspired by a sad moment from an odd source, that of a british drama series called Skins. Grace is left in a coma after a terrible accident and leaves her boyfriend Rich in an emotional state.
What is touching about these events is that despite her coma she is awake to him when he sneaks into the hospital room to visit her. I found it to be a rather emotional and touching ending, especially during her final appearance as he lay in bed and they shared one unique night together. In my opinion this was her spirit and in the morning he received a phonecall on a broken phone with her saying goodbye.
Her father visited the house and informed Rich that Grace had died that night he saw her. These events inspired me to write the following poem. I hope you enjoy and feel the same emotion I did as I wrote this piece.
Although I may seem fast asleep
A coma that I’m in so deep
Don’t worry for I can still see
And hear you as you cry and weep
Please realise I may not wake
While I lay still, I do not fake
But I can see you sitting there
Holding my hand with grief in your stare
Sometimes you may see me move
My eyes open and smile at you
And so I share some words so true
While my body lay still, I’m alive to you
Please do not grieve when I am gone
The end is near, a light shines from anon
And so my spirit begins to leave
But one last thing I must retrieve
To your surprise I am awake
You wipe your eyes, it’s no mistake
I lean to give you one last kiss
I lay back down, and I’m in bliss
I love you dear, I hold you close
‘tis why despite my eyes are closed
And my body has no life inside
Only to you I am alive, not ready yet to say goodbye…
… But to the rest of the world, I have just died;
By Richard Mawby ©