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Coma ___ [ English ]

Rating: 4.9
. « I shall remember while the light lasts
. And in the darkness I shall not forget »
. ['Non-Catholic' Cemetery, Rome: headstone 2515]

Unable to
Enlighten the twilight between consciousness
And unconsciousness
She lives aside the despair
Of those attending - Just like
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Coma ___ [ English ]
This is a translation of the poem Coma ___ [italian] by Fabrizio Frosini
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: death
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This is my English adaptation of the poem ''COMA'', that I originally wrote in my native language (Italian) .

You can read it here: http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/coma-26/

[notes of the author: ]

The 'Non-Catholic' Cemetery is in Rome.

The inscription «I shall remember while the light lasts / And in the darkness I shall not forget» is engraved on the headstone 2515
[next to Percy Bysshe Shelley's grave and to John Keats' grave]

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This poem, 'COMA', belongs in my book 'Allo Specchio di Me Stesso' ['At The Mirror of Myself'], published as an eBook at AMAZON.com.

About this book of mine:

''The game of memory leaves no way in the daily struggle with the reality of a world less and less understandable and acceptable.. and when evening falls, the interior mirror collects in its thickness - and then reflects - all the tangle of dichotomies and contradictions, as well as expectations and fantasies, which remain suspended in the indefinite border of twilight that separates light from darkness..''
Savita Tyagi 28 July 2019
Beautiful poem. I think I read it long time back. It invoked deep emotions then and it impresses upon mind now as well. So difficult a situation when one can’t express what one feels.
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Fabrizio Frosini 01 August 2019
Thank you so much, dear Savita (and I see that this is your 2nd comment on " Coma" - GRACIAS!)
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Julia Luber 01 March 2019
Somewhat traumatic flashback- seeing somebody in a coma who died five/six years ago. I am feeling reminded.
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Fabrizio Frosini 06 March 2019
Hi Julia. Thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. Cheers.
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Luz Hanaii 01 February 2019
I really enjoyed this poem. I often wonder what the comatose dream about? or is it all darkness? Some come back and tell stories, while others move on to death. Giving you a big 10+++
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Fabrizio Frosini 11 February 2019
muchas gracias, dear Luz
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Nadia Umber Lodhi 06 October 2018
Nice poem sir this stage of unconscious is very miserable
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 October 2018
thank you, Nadia. Blessings
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Savita Tyagi 24 July 2017
A very beautiful poem on state of consciousness. My personal feeling in thinking of that situation is that her mind probably is already free. It is her body that medical science has in prison in hope of bringing her back to life. It must be a very challenging situation for a doctor to face with. Its agonizing effect is brought out so poetically in this lovely poem.
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Fabrizio Frosini 24 July 2017
interesting comment, Savita. And indeed you're right about the ''very challenging situation''.. Thank you so much.
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Michael Walker 07 March 2017
I found this a moving experience to read. I notice that this lady is buried in a 'Non Catholic' cemetery, near to Shelley and Keats. You focus on the twilight, indefinite zone between life and death. My brother was in a coma for a week, before passing away.
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Fabrizio Frosini 10 March 2017
this poem comes from my experience as a doctor, but it is just a poetic creation: I am agnostic, thus I do not know what 'life & death' really mean. Probably, death is just.. 'nothing' - meaning: it is 'the end of anything'.. Yet, when I wrote these verse, I remembered the words carved on a gravestone (btw, I do not remember who was buried there) , and I tried to explore the poetic side of that ''point of view''.
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Michael Walker 10 March 2017
I find this quite fascinating, as I thought you would be Catholic-as I am. I thought that for a few reasons, but I was making an assumption. It does follow for you, then, that 'life and death' are almost indefinable. You must have seen so much death as a doctor so you have reasoned your way to being agnostic, based on experience.
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Mamma Rosa 12 December 2016
the indefinite border of twilight that separates light from darkness your words from poet's note are part of this beautiful poem. what is death? another question that will remain unanswered...
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Fabrizio Frosini 14 December 2016
too many questions will remain unanswered, indeed! thanks so much
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Istabraq Al Ahmadi 04 July 2016
Just waiting for The rustling of the leaves to Drive out the innermost thoughts And set free the imprisoned mind. A very beautiful and thought provoking juxtaposition of the external with the internal, the concrete with the abstract, the natural with the human, and the physical with the mental. Thanks a lot for sharing this great poem with us.
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Fabrizio Frosini 04 July 2016
thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my poem, Istabraq. I've sent you an email.. read and let me know.. Peace.
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Jadeja Kuldipsinh 09 April 2016
Sir, Great. Really a touching poem with extra ordinary expressions.
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 April 2016
thank you for commenting on my poem, dear Jadeja. And thanks also for inviting me to join your group. Indeed, with my group of poets and friends (more than 80 at the moment) , we are already publishing our books (8 Anthologies up to now) and have got new projects to work on. You know, I love Poetry and would like to accept your invitation, but - as you can understand - I have no time for more projects, unfortunately. Thank you again Blessings
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Saleem Tharani 03 April 2016
Like a butterfly wrapped in the Flickering shadows of dusk Yearns for light to take off, She confides in absolute darkness To eventually join The community of the dead. The above lines, invokes the word of play and consequence to the act of LIFE. Hope is what Life is hold on to and Death is what it transcends to. Every Life walks through! Question is, ready for acceptance? That urges a purpose to LIFE!
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Fabrizio Frosini 03 April 2016
thanks for visiting and commenting on my poem, Saleem
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