40 years ago

Attended a 40 year reunion event this weekend with the girls I started my nurse training with in 1978. We were all 18 years old and very timid but a lot has changed since then. Had a great time with them and wrote this poem to celebrate the event.


We came to London all naïve, 40 years ago

We learnt about life together amongst the ebb and flow

Where once we were so shy and quiet we soon saw all of life

And soon had much experience of gore and pain and strife


We worked so hard as nurses and tried our very best

We saw some sights and learnt some facts and put them to the test

The hours were long and arduous, we didn’t shirk you know

We all were very dedicated but often tears would flow


It was so very different to what most had known before

We grew up very quickly amongst the blood and gore

But in amongst the hard work and toil we found the time to laugh

And most of us enjoyed ourselves as we walked along our path


Back then it was a calling, a need to help the sick

We went to make a difference, compassion made us tick

We worked so hard for all those years and finally made the grade

We qualified and moved away and only few have stayed


A few still practice nursing but most do other things

Our time together is so much fun and laughter soars on wings

But one thing still unites us all and each had stuff to say

About their loving families and how that shows the way


We came to London all naïve, 40 years ago

We learnt about life together amongst the ebb and flow

We’re now all grown and experienced in all that’s gone before

But still have things in common and strive to learn some more

Published by Suzi Magic

I started writing as a child but was encouraged to look elsewhere for my career and "get a proper job". I then became a nurse and have only recently returned to writing. I've recently published my first book which you can check out here www.amazon.com/author/suzifrench I live in a beautiful part of Devon, close to a canal where I love to go to write. I have a three legged Burmilla cat called Nala and love anything that brings a little more magic into the world. I developed OCD, Anxiety & Depression, back in 2007 which led to me having to retire from my nursing career and reinvent myself. I am passionate about helping people accept that debilitating mental health problems are just as valid as physical disabilities. And I want to help others who have these conditions to discover their own version of life magic. I am also a part time wheelchair user because of some chronic back conditions.

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