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Jasmine in Bloom

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.

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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

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