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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Alzheimer’s Disease

By Joyce French

Alzheimer’s Disease

Is slowly decimating

Her mind and her thoughts

She cries silent tears

Between confusion and fear.

The cost is priceless.

She won’t write that book

She won’t finish those projects

The tears are falling.

As the seasons change

Gray matter turns into dust

And the pain lessens.

Memories recede

Silence fills the blank places

She cries hidden tears.

Secrets fade away.

Mistakes no longer matter.

She no longer cries.

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Instructions for submitting are here.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


So real, so true, so sad. Thank you for your sensitive poem.

Alzheimer's may touch all of us eventually, but I got hope from your insightful poem that it does in the end, leave us silent with no more need for tears.

Your sad poem touched me. I have a friend who is suffering from this terrible disease.

Beautiful, sad, and true. What a scourge. Thank you for writing about it so sensitively.

I feel your sadness that joins my own. My husband has AD. I remember hearing Nancy Reagan talk of The Long Goodbye...that makes it sound simple, without the countless episodes that defy the personalities of our loved ones. So sorry ...

There are still precious moments when my wife's ALZ opens a sliver of joy and she recognizes me and silently smiles. Her blue eyes shine as she tries to escape from her 8 year ALZ prison but all too soon she must return to that dark void. We must live for those moments.

If something this sad and scary can produce such beautiful poetry, maybe it is less scary to me. Blessings on the Caretakers; just reading and seeing movies of AD is daunting; caring for your loved one is surely the labor of love..4 of us, the Writer and 3 responders all face this each day. Regards to you all...

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