I was pulling a 90 on the highway
Frustrated with my life, why can't things go my way?
I had just been laid off, this was the fourth time ,
My boss was a jerk , just like others before him
On top of everything else the girl I was dating
had just dumped me , I'm pretty sure she felt such elating
A tunnel I entered , isolated, quiet , darkness shrouded
But there was a sudden burst of light , I think I shouted
a bit, It was a truck at the other end approaching
at full speed , he probably was too drunk to see anything
It hit my car, everything happened so fast, it was insane
I thought that I'd hit the windscreen get a surge of pain
But I went from light to sudden blackout, and then light again.
It was strange, I couldn't remember anything between
the time of the accident and now, nothing heard or seen
I found myself in the middle of the road near a dumpster bin
no bruises ,no trauma, not even a scratch on my skin
But it felt different, something was definitely wrong
Where am I , and what has happened all along??
As I look around myself , I gasp in disbelief
I don't know what to feel, shock , awe or grief
The world around me has become smaller without my knowledge
I can see my house next to my school , which is right next to my college
I see all the places I've visited lined and spaced out but
this is unnatural, what's going on? Am I going nuts?
I start running towards my home , I knock , and ring too
My little brother opens it , says "Yes ? Can I help you?"
"Brother! It's me ! I don't know what's going on !
like some crazy impression my crazy mind has drawn"
"Who are you dude?" He says with suspicion, looking me up and down.
"ARE YOU MAD? I'M YOUR BROTHER YOU FREAKING USELESS CLOWN!!"
I push my way in and run to my father and mother ,
They're sitting by the television , oblivious of me or my brother
"Mom Dad ! Why is he behaving like this ? Is he crazy?
Why has the world around me got suspiciously hazy?"
"Am I hallucinating , is this some magic ?
I'm pretty shaken up after that night which was tragic
I don't know what sorcery is this, some kind of voodoo?"
They turn around and stare at me"Sorry mister, we really can't recognize you"
"Have you all lost it?" I shout "I 'm a part of this family!!
I'm your son and your brother with whom you lived happily"
"I really don't know who you are , I'm fearing more and more"
said my mother ," my son works in the next building on the thirteenth floor"
I ran out of the house, my head spinning like a top
This is utter madness , this craziness , it has to stop
I need to know who I've been substituted with
My own family treated me like some kind of a myth
I run to the address they gave me to find him
only to find myself facing the office of the company I always wanted to work in
Before entering I check myself in the glass door
Overweight , spectacled , freckles that I always bore
It's me all right , so what's wrong with everyone?
How can my parents disown their own son?
I walk through the door , in by the reception
Preparing, getting ready to face the root cause of this deception
and I see her , clear as day, it's like putting my head on a knife
standing right near the elevator is the lost love of my life
The girl I always adored, the one who was my life's prize
Her short black hair, tanned skin, her golden brown eyes
I started walking towards her, planning to sort out everything
But then I saw a gleam of light , coming from a diamond ring
on her finger, she was engaged , or married I'm not sure
I never told her how I felt because I always thought I was a failure
I took the stairs, I'd rather climb 13 flights of stairs
than share an elevator with her and curse my life for being unfair
I ran all the way up , T shirt drenched, short of breath
Flashes of the accident which would have been my death
going through my head , when I reach the 13th level
Legs paining, chest panting, hair all disheveled
I see a grand office , beautiful , brimming with staff
Suspiciously this is the kind of office I always dreamed of
I asked a passing fellow where the boss was located
He asked me to take a seat and offered me tea while I waited
Finally someone came and said I was called for
I ran inside and was struck with shock and awe
the cabin was amazingly huge,the architect must have been put to task
It took me time to notice in the center was seated she, and a guy in a mask
So this is her husband, and my parents' prodigal son
The hopes and dreams of my entire life ,who had so easily won
"Who are you ?? What have you done to me? " I scream
Why does everything around me seem like a dream?
What is she doing here? Why am I an unknown ?"
He said " Calm down, you're about to have your mind blown
with my explanation . Dear, can you please leave us alone?"
She left the room and he started walking towards me
I couldn't see his face but I knew he was seeing through me
He was in perfect shape ,clad in a three piece suit , hair in perfect order
I really couldn't place him , and the mask made it harder
"You don't remember anything , do you? You worthless schmuck
You were doing 90 on the highway before you were hit by a truck
The medics took you to the hospital , the doctors gave you their all
But to no avail , you wouldn't respond to your own mother's call
You are still alive and breathing, just unconscious under a heavy dose
I think the appropriate term for your state is 'Comatose'
This isn't reality , this is the part of your brain ,
Where lie all your suppressed happiness , grief , joy and pain
But most of all ,it is me you should be looking at
pay attention , while we have our little chat
I was born with you , I grew up with you , I was raised in this world
as you were in yours, but the only difference is that you hurled
every childhood pain my way, suppressing it inside your head,
I was in pretty bad state , and you grew wiser instead
but then there reached a point in life where you entered the world outside
where real life hit you top,bottom, center ,left and right
and then you started throwing at me , each unfulfilled goal
all your hopeless dreams , all the broken bits of your soul
I am what you always thought you would be , everything you ever wanted
and for a lot of time these were a part of you , but when you were daunted
by life, you threw them out and they came to me , I became everything you
couldn't , every single thing you wanted to be , I really wanted to
see this day when we would come face to face and you could see ."
I stood there numb , my eyes brimming with tears,
his words were like wasps that were stinging on my ears
I didn't know what to say , and to add to the drama
He took off his mask that hid his face like an armor
and that was the last straw , more than I could bear to see
I was face to face with the perfect, winner version of me.
He put his hand forward , shook mine and said,
"Congratulations, man , I'm glad you could see,
If you were just a little determined , everything you could be
your time is short now , you're going to succumb to your wounds
and that will destroy both our worlds, anytime soon
In case you still haven't understood these unruly visions
All you see around you are your unattained ambitions
And let me introduce myself , that my friend, is very essential
I am, pleased to meet you, your unreached potential ."
And then I heard the beep beep beep of the hospital room
echo all around me , as if it was the sound of impending doom
Everything went blank again , I think thats when we both died,
I mean the winner part of me , and the one that never tried.