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John's Alternate Universe
by Andrea Jane Williams
Friday, February 08, 2008
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My bro who after a freak fall woke up quadreplic. Is now classifed as C2 neurologically. Sustained fracture of the neck at level C4. Yet he has not shown any self pity but prays for world peace when prayers are said by the visiting clergy. He is an inspiration is the words i hear repeatedly from all those who have had the priviledge to have met John. A truly wonderful man with such a hard cross to bear. xxx i love him so much.



He's my hero, my brother and a friend


And now he's on the mend


Out of ITU and High Dependency


Each day is a challenge


Says he


And it's been a while


Since i've felt happy


But i do when i see him smile


He can talk now


Though he can't breathe


entirely on his own

Rehab has become


His temporary home


And he's taken to the changes


With aplomb


He's my hero, he's my friend


He will always be my brother


And now he's on the mend


So grateful for the small things


he can do


A valuable lesson for me


And You


When life is already


too short to sign


on the dotted line


There's no guarantees


that last a lifetime


For no one knows


when that is


It's God that gives


and God that Takes


And He that should




Who dies and who Lives


And each day it felt


Like my bro


Was on death row


On Life support


I know....


And I can't describe


How hard it felt inside


To watch helplessly


His struggles


And the tear he tried


to hide


When i walked away


Out into Londons cold


grey wet rain


Not knowing if i would


Ever see him again


So many times been put


On "standby"


Too shocked to even cry


And now he's better and


the tears do fall


And i've got a permanent


Line to God


To call


And i Know he's receiving me


All the prayers you have sent


Have helped John tremendously


To heal and recover


And rediscover a new way of Life


To preserve his humour


And give me strength


To carry on


My own life


When i felt my blood drain


Along with his


It's like i was cut in half


Nothing can explain


The resonant pain


I could feel inside


watching my blood brother


with alien eyes


wondering if he could recover


such a trauma


seeing him slip into an


alternative universe


not knowing whether to pray


scream or curse


so i did it all


I questioned why


He had to fall


How and why this could


happen to someone so nice


I'd sit on the train


and hear people complain


about their lives


And i'd think to myself


how big they make these


problems seem


It was like i was sleepwalking


in a treacherous dream


I felt my heart harden


And i had to say STOP


I knew if i hadn't told myself to


I would lose compassion for


everyone including you


I wanted to scream


at their petty complaint


And say walk into accident


and emergency


See the man with no face


The amputee


The brain damaged girl


who later died


The doctors overworked


And the nurses who cried


They are all human


Saving lives


that thought once too


that they were invincible


What i am getting at


Is the Principle of


Being grateful


I never thought i could


I never thought i would

And i still am not sure i will


But if i do


All i can say is thank you


And be the best person i can.


Thanks to John and a glimpse


Into his alternative universe


I no longer see life as a curse


But a gift that is God given


I have my own earth angel now


who says he's happy.


How can that be?


It's not for me to question


this positivity


I just hope it's contagious


because i am so unhappy.


(c) andrea jane williams 9th February 08.


dedicated to my darling earth angel brother.

In God we Trust.
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