The Bucket List

The Bucket List

A Poem by Andy East

Kristina just turned twenty one
Out with her mates having fun
Nursing students sure know how to drink
Til their brains are blurred unable to think

The fun and the laughing
Of what the future may bring
The who fancies who
Settle down, say 'I do'

'Not me!' Kristina shouts
'That ain't what I'm about'
'Gonna see the world, feel alive'
'Ride a camel, sky dive'

'I really wanna fly a plane'
'Does that sound too insane?'
'Making sure I fulfill each wish'
'Im writing up my bucket list'

The night ends, they head on home
Back to the dorm await the sun
An early start for all but a few
Go home, sleep, start anew

Kristina says goodnight to her friends
Wishing this night would never end
A night with drinks, laughter and fun
But now Kristina heads on home

Time is called, he leaves the bar
Fumbles his keys, gets in his car
Driving along, he barely sees the road
Through tired drunk eyes swerving to and fro

He mounts the kerb, Kristina in his lights
But doesn't see her with his eyes shut tight
Head hits glass, crushing her brain
Asleep at the wheel, unaware of his blame

Surgeon operates through the night
To save her life, they just might
Finally resting in intensive care
Friends and family gather to see her there

She opens her eyes, out of danger
Looks at family, like a stranger
Smiles on faces, glad to see her
She says one word, 'Kristina'

'Who's that Gran ?', 'Are you confused?'
'Do you remember, you're Grandma Sue?'
An operation to replace her heart
From a recent death with a donor card

With health recovered, for Grandma Sue
She plans her life, what she will do
'What will you do?, with your new heart'
'This donor has given you a fresh new start'

'Gonna see the world, feel alive'
'Ride a camel, sky dive'
'I really wanna fly a plane'
'Does that sound too insane?'

'Not wasting life, with this new start
Gonna do the things in my heart
Complete these things that I wish
Gonna finish all my bucket list'

© 2014 Andy East

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Great poem! I really enjoyed this wonderful flow and gripping story very dark, deep but also positive excellent imagery keep up the good work!

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Added on June 26, 2014
Last Updated on June 26, 2014
Tags: list, Bucket, death, heart, life


Andy East
Andy East

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I am a single father of 7 children. I lost my true love to cancer in 1993. I lost my first daughter to cancer in the same year. I myself survived cancer in 2003 and my second daughter survived cance.. more..