Alison Cassidy

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

Twelve Months On - Poem by Alison Cassidy

A year ago,
the surgeon
(in the coolest glasses
and Armani suit)
said he’d ring
the moment he was done.

A year ago,
the patient,
shaved and gowned and terrified,
clasped my face,
as they trolleyed him
through the grim green doors.

A year ago,
the children
danced my heart out
and helped me still my silly mind,
as the obstinate hours
tick tick ticked
tick tick tocked.

A year ago,
the phone
refused to ring -
and six
and seven
and eight
went dawdling by.

A year ago,
I rang
Intensive Care
and heard the words
that sent my heart a-thumping
with relief.

I wonder if the surgeon
(in the coolest glasses
and Armani suit)
knew how much
his silence mattered.


Comments about Twelve Months On by Alison Cassidy

  • Kim Barney (5/1/2015 5:48:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem, packed with emotion. Congrats on having it chosen as poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Stafford (5/1/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Congrats on poem! and getting poem of the day! well done! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/1/2015 8:19:00 AM)

    Powerful, powerful, powerful poetry! Such an intense human moment written in a true modernistic approach without the banality that so many others tend to mistake modernism for.... Incredibly powerful emotion here and descriptors of all life's communications - like expensive sunglasses and Armani suits. Though silent they definitely communicate through screams, don't they? You have pieced this together so very well. Very, very impressed......! (Report)Reply

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  • Jeannette Heywood (5/1/2015 4:36:00 AM)

    Well said. This actually happened to me too. (Report)Reply

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  • Jeannette Heywood (5/1/2015 4:34:00 AM)

    Well said. This has actually happened to me. (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (5/1/2015 12:48:00 AM)

    From the dates of the replies below, it is now 70 months on. I hope all is well. Thank you for sharing your touching poem, Alison.
    Peace
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  • (6/25/2009 6:06:00 PM)

    oh! ! ! i wish i d v stayed silent most times rather than expressing my self through poems...i feel exposed when express myself through poems and...people take them wrong....anyway this a great touching rite as always ma'am....10+++

    with lots of love shan
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  • (6/24/2009 10:06:00 PM)

    I can so relate to this too... artfully penned!

    Deva
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  • (6/23/2009 3:37:00 PM)

    Allie, was it really a year ago? Time certainly flies by. I can still remember the relief that came bubbling out of your pen when you wrote that Jerry was OK. A wonderful poem that depicts a very worrying time for you. Done only as you know how. Top marks from me and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    Hugs David
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  • (6/21/2009 6:00:00 PM)

    Sweetheart, thank beyond words for 'being there' when I needed you most. Love you, Jerry (Report)Reply

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  • Nooruddeen Mm (6/21/2009 1:59:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem
    Thanks

    Nooruddeen
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  • (6/21/2009 5:28:00 AM)

    This brought a tear to my eye - you've so simply told about the agony of waiting - and the silence, the ambiguous silence - is it good news? (hope is not lost) or bad news? (it's taking an eternity to complete) I'm glad the news was good, anyway. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/21/2009 3:01:00 AM)

    What a beautiful difference a year can make! And you have made every
    moment count, I am sure. May the warmth continue....10/10

    Love,

    SandraX
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  • (6/17/2009 7:09:00 AM)

    Using time as your theme works so well. The waiting and the harsh reality of what could happen really it so difficult to get through. It's like the saying 'a watched kettle never boils'. Many of us can relate to this I am sure. Its a clever poem Alison as you get the reader involved and anxious.
    Well done! 10 Karin Anderson
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  • (6/17/2009 1:53:00 AM)

    I honestly don't think they do Allison..end result was fantastic though...Wonderful write...Fi 10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • (6/16/2009 5:58:00 PM)

    It happened a year ago...........Excellent and the precious time ticks in every heart! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/15/2009 10:26:00 AM)

    Darling Allie, I am humbled to silence. t xxx (Report)Reply

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  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (6/15/2009 12:32:00 AM)

    Tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock........if we could revert to the time that we ''d really need, to amend and attend to events that could have played a very significance part in our life, this world would be better off living.Excellent piece Allison dear! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/14/2009 11:34:00 PM)

    Very well expressed the message is very clear.Great!

    ainz rock
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  • Ann Beard (6/14/2009 6:01:00 AM)

    A year ago can seem like yesterday for the times when hope is silent
    amazing poem beautifully written. Kind regards Ann.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 14, 2009

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 26, 2009


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