This is how Mr. Williams (Bill Nighy), a senior bureaucrat, narrates how he came to live like a zombie to his former colleague Miss Harris (Aimée Lou Wood). This Kazuo Ishiguro script from the film Living (2022) reads more like a poem.
What was your name for me?
Mr. Zombie, I wasn’t always
When I was your age what
I wanted was to be a gentleman
Nothing grand, just a rank-and-file
Gentleman, wearing a suit and a hat
Life just crept up on me
One day proceeding the next
Small wonder I didn’t notice
What I was becoming
Then I looked at you, and I remembered
what it was like to be alive
You may not be wanting to be a gentleman. But it could be “a successful person”, “a leader”, “a famous person” or even “an enlightened person”. The burden of becoming can be very heavy. Watch out, you might actually become what you wanted. And also turn into a zombie.