Survivor, by Steve Humpage

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After a heart attack in March 2019, Steve Humpage, 66, was admitted to hospital for an angiogram.

During the procedure, Steve had an allergic reaction to the sedative and stopped breathing. He was resuscitated, and the surgeon was able to successfully fit two stents.

The experience was a terrifying one for Steve, which inspired him to write this powerful poem.

Death laid a hand on my heart
Though it was only fleeting
But through the fear and pain
My heart just kept on beating

Death laid a hand on my lungs
As I was being tended
He tried to stop me breathing
While I was being mended

Death laid a hand on my soul
To stop it from flying
He tried to take me away
But I wasn’t ready for dying

Death paid a visit today
But I had a good reviver
So he left empty handed
I’m a heart attack survivor

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

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