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Where’s the ambulance?
the medic?
the nurse?
Can’t you see
I’m f*cking dying here
Are you blind?
I need an ambulance
A doctor
A nurse
What the f*ck is he doing here?
Who let him in?
Where’s my Mother?
I want my mother
I could smell his rancid breath
As he leant over and mumbled
the Ritus Continuus
What the f*ck is he doing here?
Who let him in?
I need an ambulance
I need a dr
Not a priest
Definitely not a priest
I could hear his rosary beads rattling
in his shaking hands
as he whispered
“Our lord the redeemer”
into my ear
Get him the f*ck away from me
Get him out of here
I can’t breathe
I can’t breathe
What’s he doing here?
I need a dr
not a shaman
I need an ambulance
Not a sermon
What’s he doing here?
I don’t need a priest
I don’t need prayers
I don’t need saved
I don’t need blessed
I need a medic
I need an ambulance
I’m dying for f*cks sake
I can’t breathe
I can’t breathe
I want my mother
Where’s the ambulance?
Where’s the medic?
Where’s the nurse?
Where’s my mother?
I need my mother


About this poem

Panic before death

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Written on May 21, 2023

Submitted by pauljoe77 on May 21, 2023

Modified by pauljoe77 on May 23, 2023

1:13 min read

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Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 1,141
Words 244
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 60

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  • pauljoe77
    Thank u so much for those thoughtful comments. I don’t get many so each one is a heart warmer.
    LikeReply1 day ago
  • Teril
    This poem is so powerful, both as a description and as a metaphor.

    Mother: a word that carries such depth, such emotion, such strength, and yet so many intimate and secret meanings for each of us. In the panic before death, you call for the doctor and the nurse to save you; do you call for your mother to hold your hand while you continue on your journey? 
    LikeReply1 day ago
  • pauljoe77
    That’s really made my day. I love your poem too.
    LikeReply7 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    This Ambulance poem serves amply as a companion to my poem, “The Maternal Bond of Nature” depicting the critical enduring role of mother as giver of Faith, Hope and Love throughout life and in death. So powerful! 
    LikeReply7 days ago
  • pauljoe77
    Philipo thanks for your comment it means a lot. Tell me about your memoir.
    LikeReply9 days ago
  • Philipo
    I guess we are in the same category regarding writing and publishing. I am trying to get my memoir published sooner. Fine work you have here. Saving soul and saving body.
    LikeReply9 days ago


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