Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.
Jasmine in Bloom
Last night I dreamt of a lush green island,
With sun-drenched beaches just over the horizon.
Natives with easy welcoming smiles,
In calypso extol their love for these Isles
With a sense of doom, my spirit yield,
I made my way through the green cornfield.
A ghost approached from the distant past,
The boy who once sold guavas in class.
I'm home; I thought, as my heart grew lighter,
Lost in the echoes of joyful laughter,
Grabbing the handle of the old iron gate,
I thought to myself, hope it isn't too late.
Entering the garden, I approached the stairs,
Hoping the angels had answered my prayers.
My senses reeled by a heady sweet scent,
Her butterfly jasmine, my sweetest torment
My samsonite case, I'd left unattended,
At the garden gates as I ascended.
I'm trying to run, but I'm stuck in molasses,
The sun in my eyes, I've lost my sunglasses.
Why does time seem to pass so slow?
As hard as I try, I can't reach the door.
Faster and faster, can't hold back the tears,
She's waiting for me at the top of the stairs.
Her arms wide open, a vision in red,
Waving her handkerchief over her head
Her voice ringing like a million silver bells,
My child, my child, ferociously she yells.
I awoke in my bed; I knew she was dead-
Heart-broken and torn, I love you, I said.
It came too soon; this day I most dread,
And I'm so far away, here in Bedford, Beds.
The dawn light broke and the birds began to sing,
Her touch, as soft as a hummingbird's wing.
The scent of Jasmine invaded the room,
I closed my eyes and inhaled her perfume.
Goodbye Mum, you were one in a million. Forever in our hearts.
© 2011 Jo Alexis-Hagues