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Drowning

Drowning
by Matt Johnson

What if you woke up underwater?
Imagine the feeling.
You are surprised; in shock.
The lungs open to breathe,
But icy water is your new air.

Can you feel the panic setting in?
The water presses against your body.
As inescapable as air.
You fight for your life, but it holds you down
As inevitable Death finally comes for you.

Do you see your life flashing before your eyes?
Your 4th birthday party, shared with friends who became strangers.
The sensation of your first kiss re-lived.
Your family, the one that started it all and the one you started.
Year’s worth of memories lived in seconds.

How much time do you have left?
Think of all the time you’ve wasted.
Would you have used it the same way now?
Or would you have made every moment count?
It is too late now; time has escaped your grasp.

What happens next?
The last thought you will ever think.
Lungs slowly becoming gentle pools within.
The sensation of life leaving your body.
Death has finally arrived.

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May 6, 2010 - Posted by | Poem | , , , , , , , , , , ,

14 Comments »

  1. Oh my…this was my worst fear when I was a child and the nightmares that repeated year after year…you have captured that fear well within these lines…well done.

    Comment by slpmartin | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. This is a fantastic use of imagery.

    I have been in that place before, and it took me back. I’m still trying to get my breath back.

    Comment by mattstoerr | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you very much! I appreciate it!

      Comment by Matt Johnson | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. All of your poetry is very beautiful, I like it very much.

    Comment by oohilovehattie | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m very glad you appreciate it! Thanks 🙂

      Comment by Matt Johnson | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. A powerful, dark read but very well observed. Nice job!

    Comment by Craig | May 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. The imagery is fabulous and is thought provoking. A very well written piece that I enjoyed very much.

    Comment by Dawn Joyce-Reno | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. Interesting, I’ve never thought about waking up under water. But I suppose that’s a bit like how we feel when we suddenly realize something devastating, it’s like waking up and then suddenly feeling this rush of water up your nose.

    Your thoughts are very unique, inspiring.

    Check my poetry blog out too if you have time 🙂

    iriszhang.wordpress.com

    Comment by Iris Zhang | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  7. Great piece! Reminds me of T.S. Eliot

    We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
    By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
    Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

    Comment by joer223 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. Not to make light of your serious poem, but I couldn’t help thinking about a story I heard on the radio. They had people calling in with sex mishaps. One woman called in saying that her sex accident took place during her honeymoon. She and her new hubbie were in the jacuzzi watching Mrs. Doubtfire (it was the 90s apparently) and macking it. They had candles around the tub and all of that. She had just gotten a perm, which maybe you don’t know since you’re a guy and those died (thankfully) in the 90s in most parts of the US at least. Anyway, things were hot and heavy and somehow her hair caught on fire but she didn’t know it. All she saw was this insane look on her husband’s face. And all of a sudden without a word he pushed her head under water. Can you imagine what she must have been thinking!? I would have been thinking I stupidly married a psychopath. And then her hair got stuck in the jet so she thought he was still pushing her head down and wouldn’t let her up. He had to jump out of the tub and turn it off. Terrifying. Water is so beautiful but it can also be the most frightening thing.

    Comment by lianamerlo | May 15, 2010 | Reply

  9. You have some interesting writing. I hope you keep it up.

    www,winteridge.wordpress.com

    Comment by winteridge | May 15, 2010 | Reply

  10. That is amazing. You have a real gift Matt. Keep it up.

    Comment by Carrie | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  11. Deep… It’s amazing how experiencing death can make u value life … all the little things that u think are small … when u reflect become the most important things… Then its too late! Powerful!

    Comment by Mr. Watson | April 12, 2011 | Reply


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