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  Asthma attack
by Audrey Coatesworth
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Before medication and inhalers, allergic asthma attacks were often frequent prolonged and dire in those allergic to eg dust mite. This poem is about such an event in childhood. Those who damage their health and in particular their lungs needlessly, should read and understand this poem and know how fortunate they are to have health.


Asthma Attack

          from book,  'From Darkness to Light' by              Dr Audrey Coatesworth




The shadows my only comfort

In the dark, long hours alone

Unable to breath and frightened

I face the vast unknown

Shall I reach the morning?

Will I see the daybreak's light

Or will I go to sleep for ever during this dreadful night?


Many others have walked this path

The pain severe, with fear

If I get through each moment

Then finality will come near

Either the spasm will ease away

Or I shall not see the dawn

I do not know my dying day as I knew not when to be born


Does it really matter?

Just one more mouth to feed

On this planet, mother earth,

There are many ones in need

But somehow, it is important

To try hard, keep travelling on

But at least the past is over, what has gone before is done


When eventually I face whoever

And whenever that time may be

I shall not ‘cross’ myself or

Bend down upon one knee.

No, I shall stand fair and square

Look him in the eyes, and say


'I tried so hard, I hoped to win, but

I was just not strong enough today!'

Poem is copyright A Coatesworth



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Reviewed by Donna Chandler 2/10/2011
My sister had asthma attacks often. It was almost as scary for those of us standing by not knowing how to help as it was for her. Your descriptive poem is 'right on'. The last two lines, "I tried so hard, I hoped to win, but I was just not strong enough today!' really hit home for me.

Thank you for sharing this,

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