First Reactions, by Sylvia Wade

Woman recovering in hospital with a cup of tea

Sylvia Wade wrote this poem after her heart attack. She has been writing poetry for a few years and finds it helps to focus the mind.

Back home now
Stent in place
Heart now beating
At steady pace
Replaying events
In my mind
How could my heart be so unkind
Pills to be taken
Instructions to be read
Get up and about
Don't stay in bed
So much advice
Can't take it all in
It's all a bit scary
My mind's in a spin
What should I eat
What should I drink
My mind's in a whirl
It's hard to think

The poems published in this section are creative writing by Heart Matters readers. They should not be taken as medical advice.

It isn’t always easy to express your emotions, but writing poetry can be a way of putting your feelings down on paper which many people find helpful. If you’d like your poem about any aspect of heart disease or caring for someone to appear in this section, email it to [email protected].

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