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Jasmine in Bloom

Updated on December 21, 2019
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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Jasmine in Bloom

Last night I dreamt of a lush green island,

Waiting for me, just beyond the horizon.

The natives were friendly, with welcoming smiles,

I longed for the lady with love in her eyes.


Sizzling sun, tempered by the coolest sea breeze,

Rage like a fever through the green cornfield.

A long-forgotten voice brought back the past,

I thought of the boy who sold guavas in class.


I'm home; I uttered, and my heart grew lighter,

Lost in the echoes of joyful laughter,

I held the handle of the old iron gate,

Thinking to myself, It may already be late.


I entered the garden approaching the stairs,

Begging the Lord to answer my prayers.

My senses assaulted by a heady scent,

Her butterfly jasmine, the sweetest torment


My Samsonite case was left unattended,

At the garden gates as I ascended.

My feet felt heavy, like treading molasses,

Along the way, I lost my sunglasses.


Faster and faster, why does time seem so slow?

As hard as I tried, just can't find the door.

I stood on the stairway, face awash with tears,

She waits for me, but there's no end to the stairs.


With arms wide open, a sweet vision in red,

Patiently waits at the top of the stairs.

Her voice rings out like a million silver bells,

My child, my child, ferociously she yells.


I awoke in my bed; I knew she was dead-

I am torn and racked, can't stop the bitter tears.

It came far too soon; this thing I most dread,

And I'm so far away, here in Bedford, Beds.


The dawn light broke and the birds began to sing,

Her touch was as soft as a humming bird's wing.

As the familiar scent of Jasmine wafted by,

I closed my eyes, and I felt her passed by.


Goodbye Mum, you were one in a million. Forever in our hearts.


© 2011 Jo Alexis-Hagues

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    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Wow...thank you so much Diane, I'm thrilled to know that you liked this. My best to you.

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      Diane Minton 

      8 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      This is one of the nicest pieces of poetry I have read in the year I have been on Hubpages. It is just beautiful I like the ending.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Thank you Suzette, for taking a look at this.... much appreciated.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a beautiful tribute to your mother. This is lovely. I love the scent of jasmine and I could smell it as I was reading your poem. Lovely thoughts and sentiments. Beautiful poetry.

    • tobusiness profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Travmaj, thank you for understanding.

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      travmaj 

      8 years ago from australia

      tobusiness - oh yes, I truly identify, understanding the anguish behind the words. The scent of jasmine sweet and powerful and reminiscent of home and mother and all things familiar - for a few moments everything is as it should be.

      And then the reality. Words and feelings that will remain forever.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Funnily enough, my mum's name was Theresa also, I love gardenia I got my love of flowers from her. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your mum so very young, although it is a very hard thing at any age. Take care, and my best to you

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      Theresa Ast 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lovely and sad (the definition of melancholy, I suppose) at the same time. In my life gardenia holds the place that Jasmine does in yours. It is very hard when we lose our mothers. Mine died 33 years ago when I was just 25. A good poem. ~~Theresa

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Max, I'm so chuffed to know that you found and like this, Jasmine is my first poem and very special for me so thank you it means a lot.

      Love JO .

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      BeyondMax 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh my God. This is so mind-blowing! Jo, it is such a deep poetry, mysterious, emotional, heartfelt and entirely captivating... wow. I am just completely consumed by the flow of words and thoughtful expressions... Amazing!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Unknown, you've found my first and still favourite poem. I'm so glad you liked it.

      Many thanks for the visit and lovely comment. All my best.

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      Life Under Construction 

      9 years ago from Neverland

      a very beautiful and heartfelt poem tobusiness. the ending swept my heart away!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Shara63, I 'm so glad the poem touched you. Thank you for the visit and comment.

      Best regards.

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      Farhat 

      9 years ago from Delhi

      You are a wonderful poet, soaked in sweet fragrance of jasmine your poem entered straight into my emotional gateway to stay there for long....deeply felt...Voted up !

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Voronwe, This one is very special for me, I'm so glad you like it. Thanks again, hope you're having a wonderful day.

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      Voronwe 

      9 years ago

      Just beautiful and very very heartfelt! I could see it in my mind's eye and feel your cascading emotions. So beautifully written. Be well, Jo and take care!

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      Justin W Price 

      9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Beautiful poem. Voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Thank you Sue, never Susie, I heard you earlier better late than never.

      Love your work, so glad you like jasmine in bloom, thanks for the encouragement

      lol Jo (tobusiness)

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      Hear Me 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      Very beautiful. Your prose is very descriptive. I look forward to reading more of your work. Keep it up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Shanaya, you are very kind, but thank you so much

      lol Jo (tobusiness)

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      shanaya 

      9 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Hello Ma'am! First of all Welcome to HUBPAGES. Very Beautiful poem you have written with perfectly chosen words as well. Keep writing.:)

      VOTED UP so HIGH, BEAUTIFUL, AWESOME, INTERESTING.:)

      P.S! I only once tried to write a poem but let me tell you I can't be so perfect like you & other Hubbers. You can check it out at my hub 'A girl who never wanted to leave'.

      With lots of Love & Respect

      from SHANAYA:)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      jhamann, thank you for the kind comment and encouragement, i'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      9 years ago from Reno NV

      To business-Please keep writing poetry. This poem was wonderful and inspiring. Voted up and everything along with it.

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