Alison Cassidy

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

The Dear Old Alfred - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Red brick on Commercial Road -
where mum did her training
some eighty years ago.
Where white veils sailed
across polished floors.
Where pennies were spun
on mitred sheets,
'5.30 nurse. 5.30 nurse.'
mum used to say.

Red brick on Commercial Road -
where they took dad
when he was picking at the sheets.
(they call it carpology)
‘It’s a bit impersonal’
was his only complaint.
He was dead within the week.
‘Cancer is such rotten disease’
said mum with dry eyes.

Red brick on Commercial Road -
where they are waiting for you, my love,
(with your blue pyjamas
and your brave belligerence)
to open your chest
and patch up your heart.
‘It’s the best bloody hospital in the state.’
mum always said.

I do hope she's right?

Comments about The Dear Old Alfred by Alison Cassidy

  • (4/19/2008 3:11:00 AM)

    Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh, the 3 of your are dear bloody royalty.... may the blue blood stock lines flow quickly through the red bricks into all of your hearts..... aroha, blessings, 'mus and kiwis xxx (Report) Reply

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  • (4/17/2008 6:25:00 AM)

    Wonderfully composed poem, as always, Allie. Good luck!
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  • (4/14/2008 10:41:00 AM)

    This is really beautiful...I was trying to figure out what you were referring to for most of the poem, but then when you added the hospital it really came home for me. You are truly a great poet. Amazing piece here. (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2008 10:13:00 AM)

    Dexterous - remeniscing through red bricks and white veils and visualizing - it is the 'impersonal way', of distancing emotions. (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2008 3:20:00 PM)

    Brave and honest words Allie that give a very personal account of a place that holds past memories, a place that has a location that you are about to return to and a place that you have given an identity - 'The Dear Old Alfred' and it is that identity - that image you have to have faith in...your mum said it was the best... thinking of you both. j xx (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (4/11/2008 8:47:00 AM)

    Can't lose Jerry Allie as the number of us left on this site is getting thinner by the day, those of the old brigade. He is in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if he needs any sticky plasters for the patching up and I will put them in the post straight away. Peckers up.
    Love and hugs to you both Ernestine XXX
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  • (4/11/2008 8:41:00 AM)

    Allie, personally I don't like hospital, even at the best of times. Having said that I hope what your mother said that Old Alfred is the best. Both of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    Love David
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  • (4/11/2008 6:07:00 AM)

    He is in my prayers, as are you Alison. (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2008 3:32:00 AM)

    Dear Allie

    this fine painting.......bravely brought to life with a brush made of memories...of the thens and the now....the images, the colors are both bold and delicate, woven together to make up the whole of this journey.....and tell a story still where the dear love of your heart shall have his heart healed and made strong again.......bless this place and the both of you........the dance may be a bit slower at present......but love and strength....and well-practiced medicine and loving after-care shall be kind and gentle with your dear self as well..........

    Love, D.xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  • (4/11/2008 2:12:00 AM)

    It's the simplest phrases that sometimes pack the most emotional punch...I feel like I walked the Red Bricks for a few decades...Coach (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2008 1:21:00 AM)

    I've had my share over the years and I can't say any of them fall into the best category. Essential yes. Best hmmmmm? But well described Allie... (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2008 10:01:00 PM)

    Allie, despite everything nice and truthful said in support of hospitals they are still places to avoid almost at all costs. I know Jerry won't be enthusiastic or in any way given over to confidence - but you've taken The Alfred off the endangered species list and made it into a family heirloom. He'll see the decency in that! Rgds, Ivan (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008

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