Writing Wednesday: The Tunnel (poem)

My book of 22 poems, My Stroke of Inspiration is out on ebook on Amazon UK and US. I wrote the poems while I was in hospital after a severe stroke, but they’re mostly positive – my determination not to give in to my condition. Here is a sample.

This was the first thing I wrote, very soon after my stroke, as I lay alone in the night. It did feel as if I was in a tunnel, but I felt safe and confident that there was a way out.

The Tunnel

I’ve driven down a tunnel
and I can’t get out.
I don’t know how I got here,
but there is no doubt,
although right now I feel lost,
I must work it out.

My right hand isn’t working,
that cannot be right.
I’ll make a joke but what’s this?
To speak is a fight.
My leg’s gone now, I’m in the
tunnel with no light.

But inside the hospital,
doctors get busy:
X-rays, Cat scans, and blood tests –
I’m in a tizzy.
Then at last it’s all over
and off to physi-o.

I’m still here in the tunnel,
but now I can see
the lie of the land and know
where I want to be.
There is a light that’s shining,
soon I will be free.

About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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1 Response to Writing Wednesday: The Tunnel (poem)

  1. JD Blom says:

    I just downloaded you book of poems on my Kindle. I love your writing and I’m really looking forward to reading your poems.

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