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Oliver Kilkelly


Waking Up On Mars


When the shock hits
and grips you with terror
suddenly your life is over forever
Nothing is what it is now
Was anything ever?

It all happens in a flash
yet goes on for ages
Every part of you changes
with a subtlety so cruel
There can be no return

Your loneliness
is made clear to you
via an ignorance
that is desperately near
Time and time again
it strikes you back here
Is the battle even real?

Years pass by
You make sense of the storm
but the imprint of harm
never leaves you behind
after waking up on Mars

Submitted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 16, 2013

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My poem is about loss, but the internal process of loss, rather than any external thing that you have lost. It can be about any loss in life or any great shock that changes your life for good, though when I wrote it (over a 6 month period of revision) I specifically had my and others' experience of mental disorders in mind, because I work for a mental health organisation.

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