Friday, May 20, 2011

Poetry Friday: Sickle Cell Pain

Yesterday, I listened as a precious young woman took the pain she carried and placed it in hands bigger than hers. Two brothers lost to sickle cell anemia. And now a mother lost to Alzheimer's. I cried with her as she cried. Healing tears saturated with years of grief. It was my privilege to stand beside her on this journey.

I realized that I know almost nothing about sickle cell anemia. I thought it was one of those diseases that someone was finding a cure for. I was wrong.

Today, in honor of my friend and all those who suffer or have lost someone to sickle cell anemia, here is Jasmine Baily's "Sickle Cell."

There's more Poetry Friday with Julie over at The Drift Record.


  1. What a powerful young voice. I got chills watching that - thank you for sharing.

  2. Yes, she is a remarkable young woman.

  3. Wow that is heartbreaking. She does such a great job speaking that painful poem. Thanks for posting this! I have known students with Sickle Cell and it is no joke.

  4. A beautiful voice indeed, inside and out she is truly amazing. I have been blessed to have known her in her short lived life. R.I.P Jasmine.