The once brilliant mind lies trapped within a Husk.
He was once a brilliant Scientist with the task
Of explaining the origin of the Universe ! Now
He can only move his head or roll his eyes.
His body lies paralyzed on the bed! He longs
To spread his wings and bid adieu to his prison
But alas, he has yet to bide his time, for release!
The emotions of frustration and boredom
overwhelm him, for he has nothing to do,
But to muse and think away the day and,
Discover why his fate was to be enslaved.
His is a body stiff as a board, unmoving!
His beloved visits him and she smiles at him,
But , her eyes strangely distant. Does she,
Know what he is thinking, or has she found
Another worthier than him? The nurse comes
Along with that young doctor-“intern” they tell
Me. Then shamelessly they kiss in front of me!
They start to make out, with her protesting, “not
Here, not in front of him!” Replies the Doctor,
“He is vegetable!” And they ignore the man on
The bed, for he is a paralyzed man, not living!
My body might be dead, but my mind is
Ever sharp, alert, awake and full of life!
I can think, I can feel, I can hear and
Look into the future! I can see that
Those who come to visit try to hide their
Pity and revulsion for a vegetative body!
But, alas, if only I could tell him that,
She was cheating him behind his back!
I can see that he is facing financial ruin!
His decision to expand his business was
A folly. I can see that her daughter is
Into drugs! But alas, how do I tell them
These things? I see through intrigues and
Meaningful glances that say, “when will he
Go?” their eyes seem to say! Alas have I
No control over even that,‘cept my thoughts!
And so, the body on the bed lies still!
The monitors that had recorded a spike in
The electrical pulses during the day return
To normal. It is another long day that lies
Ahead, and another day on life support!
Poor scientist! He had met with the fatal
Road accident that left him paralyzed.
A brilliant mind imprisoned in a husk for
A body! And what of the errant driver
Who knocked him down? Well he’s out on
Bail and Marriage is on the cards for him!