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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.


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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