Alison Cassidy

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

Jerry's Journey - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Poem by Alison Cassidy

‘I gather there’s not much hope’
you sighed this morning,
all boggy and sad.

Till we met Kirsty,
fine physiotherapist,
who took your ‘crippled’ hand in hers
and worked it
gently
intently
like a sculptor
molding a masterpiece.

And little by little
your sleepy muscles
opened their eyes.

‘I think she’s kidding…’
but you knew she wasn’t.

And when she told you
you could walk
without the frame,
you didn’t believe her.
Till you tried
and you did
and you cried.
And so did I.

And tonight,
the psychologist
called Diane
(sixty something
with a kind face
and the grace
of a saint)
said simply:

‘You don’t honestly imagine they’d bother with all this rehab
if they didn’t think you were worth it, do you? Do you realize,
you’re costing the government over $500 a day -
And that’s just for the bed? ’

No prayers.
No promises.
No bullshit.

And you believed her.


Comments about Jerry's Journey - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel by Alison Cassidy

  • (7/16/2008 4:45:00 PM)


    You see the true light Alison and it's a good omen for jerry....long live my dear friend.................the dark cloud has a silver line! (Report) Reply

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  • (7/7/2008 9:36:00 AM)


    Hurray, Your beautiful tribute brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Not only that, it is a totally satisfying a work of art as well! All the best, Robert (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2008 12:13:00 PM)


    Five hundred dollars for a bed is cheap so that he can once again share his bed with you...keep on walking Jerry...Coach (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2008 12:28:00 PM)


    Allie, hope is never over until everything has ended. While the heart beats and the brain functions there is always hope. A soothing word and plenty of love can work more wonders that bottles of pills. As I said this is great news about Jerry. Having said that, I hope you are looking after yourself as well. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    Love and Hugs to both of you.
    David xxxx
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  • (7/3/2008 9:31:00 AM)


    The literariness of these lines carry the weight of the right emotion (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2008 6:38:00 AM)


    The healing power of the human hand and love, is all here Alison! Great news.....travels fast. Smiling at you, Tai (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2008 5:43:00 AM)


    Tears to eyes. Hugs and love to you. t x (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2008 5:29:00 AM)


    I do. Best news since Allie... Ivan (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2008 5:23:00 AM)


    Great encouragement for a great friend like Jerry! Hope he is getting much better soon. A 10. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 3, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2008


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