Beyond Death - Poem by Paul Butters
“Where am I? ”
Have I been transferred to hospital during the night?
I raise my head. Before me is a seemingly endless row of cubicles, each containing a bed upon which some person lies. Each person wearing a helmet and wired and piped into the back wall.
To my right is the side-wall to my own cubicle. To my left an identical wall. Some male doctor is sitting next to me, to my right, and to my left there is a female nurse.
Doctor: “Welcome back Paul.”
Me: “Where am I? ”
Doctor: “Reality Paul.”
Me: “Reality? ? ? ”
Memories of “The Matrix” and comical “Red Dwarf” flash across my mind. MMM. Yes, I’ve still got a mind.
Nurse: “Relax Paul, everything will be all right.
Doctor: “Paul, you just died from old age, very old age, in your sleep. Best way to go.”
Me: “Really? ? ? ”
Doctor: “That’s right. You really bought it didn’t you. I’m sorry, but that was not Reality! This is. And you have not really died at all. In fact, Paul you are very much alive.
Earth, The UK, London…they are all fabrications. All fiction. And all that history and science those experts told you, it was all wrong. Only this is real! ”
He gestures at everything around us as he speaks. But now he reaches for a dial on a console next to my bed.
Doctor: “When we put you into ‘Earthworld’ Paul, all your memories of reality were temporarily erased. But now it’s time to debrief. Now it’s time for you to Remember The Truth…”
And he turns the dial…
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