The Heart Block, by Jane Burns

Jane Burns with her husband

Jane Burns was diagnosed with PTSD after a heart problem led to a car crash. She turned to poetry as a way of coming to terms with what happened.

A phone call
I love you
I'll soon be home
You sat and waited
But I didn't come
A heart block
A car crash
No memory at all 
Just police 
A door knock
A hospital ward
I'm angry, 
I hate it
Too young 
But I made it
Voices and 
But I’m unaware
Pain and tears 
Flashbacks and fears
In just a second
My life has changed
Flashing and beeping
Laid on a bed
Unsure, confused
I think I've been dead
Where am I?
Where am I?
What's happened?
Who knows?
Where am I?
What's happened?
And on it goes
Who is this person
Stood holding 
My hand?
I can hear 
Some voices
Where I am
I drift in and out 
Of an unknown place
‘A heart block, an accident’
Someone says 

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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