When the Heart Stops.

A cardiac arrest. A resuscitation made. A life recovered.
One patient tells me his experience.
This is his story.

Amid the chaos enclosing,
beseeched by an ambiance of ages to come,
I hear the seraph’s dulcet calls.
Immured by words 
divine and bittersweet,
they sculpt the frigid air,
and I am comforted.
As flesh is pierced, poisons forced,
I am held in tender embrace–
its whispers an oasis to the fears
that boil within my breast.

A skyward calling, its promised hope
glistens the starlight above me.
Memories, regret, longings and dreams–
a cycle ripened to revolve anew
cascades within my being.
I then behold a fleeting sight–
a son, wife, a father, my life–
their love commanding,
gazes imploring.

with a strength untold

I fight
until with the sun
I am ushered
out of the grasp
of the ebbing eve.

I open my eyes.


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◊ The Cardiac Arrest – A Physician’s Perspective ◊

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  1. Dear Phoebe, In October of 2008, I had the near death experience, with having had a heart attack. I saw the golden light, saw and felt the presence of Jesus. My dear, late father told me that I needed to go back into my body. It is not my purpose to put down specific religious doctrines or denominations. But it all boils down to this, in my consciousness: Heaven is a real place. Love unlocks the door to Heaven’s Gate. I truly believe it is that simple. I know people who cite me chapter and verse to tell me that it is not that simple. But, alas, I truly know, deep in my heart that it is that simple. When all the dust is settled, all that matters is that we love one another. Sincerely, Richard Mabey

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    1. Truly incredible that you went through that. Thank you for sharing. No doubt such an experience gives one a deeper perspective on life and makes one appreciate each day a little more. And I agree with you…love is all that matters.

      Wishing you all the best,


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