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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Dear Old Alfred

Rating: 4.5
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?
Alison Cassidy
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COMMENTS
Emancipation Planz 19 April 2008
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
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Flora Gillingham 17 April 2008
Wonderfully composed poem, as always, Allie. Good luck! F
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David Desantis 14 April 2008
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.
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Raveendran . 14 April 2008
Dexterous - remeniscing through red bricks and white veils and visualizing - it is the 'impersonal way', of distancing emotions.
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R H 13 April 2008
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
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Ernestine Northover 11 April 2008
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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David Harris 11 April 2008
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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Ted Sheridan 11 April 2008
He is in my prayers, as are you Alison.
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delilah contrapunctal 11 April 2008
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 unfolding.....one 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 prevail........do be kind and gentle with your dear self as well.......... Love, D.xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Coach Roth 11 April 2008
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
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