Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Jerry's Journey - Dealing With Recovery - Poem by Alison Cassidy

It irritates you
the way the curtain droops
and I can’t quite reach
(even when I stand on a chair)
to hook it back.

It irritates you
the way the taps
(those hospital ones with wings)
drip intermittently -
even when I’ve turned them off tight as tight.

It irritates you
when I can’t understand
what you’re trying so hard to say
(even the second time)

‘It doesn’t matter...’
But it does.

Oh Jerry
the beautiful bits and pieces of you
have been tossed on the bed
like a careless jigsaw.

Alfred the bear
sits on the pillow
with his head on one side.
The first Daphne from the garden
scents the room.

Pity you don’t notice.

The nurses do though.


Comments about Jerry's Journey - Dealing With Recovery by Alison Cassidy

  • (6/30/2008 11:11:00 AM)


    This is one among the best very personal poems on the site. The nurse.. I do not know if the ending could be better done than this. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/29/2008 11:22:00 AM)


    The barometer here is..........does Jerry notice the nurses? The answer should be a definite indicator of progress...or lack of! Just musing.....not professionally speaking........ The best of health to Jerry! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2008 8:53:00 AM)


    Allie, sometimes its the loved ones that find it harder to deal with the recovery. Just hang in there, everything will be OK. Time is a great healer as you will see. Another wonderful instalment. Top marks and thanks for sharing it with us. I know the frustrations and the little annoying things you spoke about. Sent my best to Jerry.
    Hugs David
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 29, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2008


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