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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: She Forgot She Cried
By Susan Allen


She Forgot She Cried

It was just another ordinary December day.
I didn’t even know what to say.
I’d sit there and smile
And stare at the ugly green tile;
Until she was awake—
Then the silence would break.

Smiling I’d say, “Hi, how are you today?”
She’d reply, “I think it’s going to be a good day.”
Then she’d start talking about sometime in the past,
But the conversation doesn’t last.
I tried to keep her in the present,
But all she became was depressed.

I loved her so much,
But she didn’t want to be touched.
All I wanted to do was give her a hug;
But my hurting heart faced another rejected tug.
She asked me, “Why do you bother?”
I’d say, “It is no bother, I love you mother.”

She didn’t understand why she was there.
She said she didn’t like the smell of the air.
I wanted to take her home.
I didn’t like her being alone.
But she had to stay
So that she would be safe.

She would ask, “Why am I feeling so blue?”
And I knew—
I knew what was coming
And I felt like running.
Again she would say, “Have you seen my husband, Bill?
I didn’t see him leave for the mill.”

Like always, I would say, “I guess you don’t remember
That Dad passed in November.
We went to the wake
And everyone came for your sake.
She would cry and the tears would begin.
“I’m so sorry”, I’d say and cried as Mom relived his death again.

I always stayed and prayed.
I would sit in a chair beside her,
Until her tears subsided.
We would watch t.v. until the shock would again be relieved.
From the nursing home room I wanted to hide
As she forgot she even cried.

She smiled so rarely.
She was usually so weary.
But today she smiled as I left
And my heart started to melt.
I’d smile and say, “Good-bye until tomorrow.”
Then we would start all over with the same sorrow.

It’s just another ordinary September day
Not knowing what to say….

Oh, Lord, Alzheimer’s is such a sad disease.
I prayed to Father God that His Will be done, please.
She passed that September night
And she saw His beautiful bright light.
It was God’s Will.
Now she is with Jesus and my Dad, Bill.

(This was true).

Jeremiah 31:25(Amplified Version)—For I will (fully) satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.

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Nancy Bucca05/10/12
It must be indeed be wearying to go through the same thing day after day. I think you well captured the topic in this. The verse at the end from Jeremiah is a good reminder of where to go when we feel weary.
Donna Wilcher05/10/12
Oh Lord, please help them find a cure for Alzheimer's very soon.

It's such a sad and wearying disease. Not only for the one with the disease, but the loved ones who must endure and watch its awful progress.

Thank you for sharing this, my heart goes out to you and the many others who are touched by this horrible disease. <3.

The title was awesome, and the scripture ending was perfect.

Thanks again,
Denene Humphrey05/11/12
I can only imagine your sorrow in watching your beloved mother fade away, but I thank God for comforting you in knowing that He is always with you. The scripture you shared really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing.
C D Swanson 05/12/12
My condolences on the loss of your mom, and the despair and anguish of watching her slip away.

I worked in nursing homes, and Alzheimer's was one of the populations that pulled at my hearts just a little bit more than the others. It was so hard for the family members to see the "physical" aspect of their loved one...but in essence they were in mourning for the person they had "lost" long before they would pass.

It is an awful process, and I pray to the good Lord for a cure for this, and so many other diseases. But, the great thing about being a Christian, is knowing she is "whole again" in heaven in her lovely spiritual body. Reuninted with loved ones and her beloved Bill.

Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us. You have touched many with your story, as you have touched me.

God Bless you,

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/12/12
The title really says it all. You did a beautiful job on a subject way too many people can personally relate to. Lovely job
lynn gipson 05/13/12
I watched my mother fade away also. God Bless you and this was just beautiful...I'm sorry for what you are going through.
Cynthia Dawson05/13/12
I don't normally care for poems. Most often they are hard for me to keep track of or even figure out what they are talking about. This one is amazing. I could not only feel but umderstand the MC's feelings. I workeed with Alzheimer patients for years and that is exactly how their minds function. God Bless you for going through this daily to be the love and support your mother needed and for being able to put it into words to help others who may share your sorrow.
Glynis Becker05/14/12
Very beautiful and so sad. I felt every emotion and I agree that this will continue to touch a lot of people who understand this situation only too well. Great entry. Thank you so much for sharing.