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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: Alzheimer’s
By Keith Wallis
07/15/08


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Alzheimer’s

Trickster:
twin bladed
sifter of moments.
You cut and paste and superimpose,
you change and filter;
filling in gaps
or removing with surgical precision.
Hurt and harm are sent offstage
or super-trouper high lit
in the theatre of remembrance.
Was, and ought-to-be,
mingle
(with half empty glasses)
in this elbow jostling party
this crowd of witnesses
and fabricated alibi.
The touch of her or him, or this or that,
conjured by a passing scent
or half glanced fleeting sight,
spurs a smile
or panged regret.
Trickster:
double-edged
filter of fact.
Robber, villain, rearranger;
you make children of parents
and parents from children
in careless abandonment.
The storm of imagination,
in thunderous cacophony,
sieves and mixes, distils and compounds,
implodes, explodes, shouts, screams
or whispers
what might have been
or nearly was,
once upon a time.
Trickster, usurper:
your fallen veil steals reality
as your pretendered sovereignty
claims the crown
and life becomes
once
upon a time.


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LauraLee Shaw07/17/08
Profound and insightful. Extremely sad too. Our memories are priceless treasures.
Helen Murray07/17/08
The sadness and the anger both come through in this address to the trickster. Delicately delivered.
Joy Mounce07/28/08
I thought this was brilliantly done! Congratulations on a very well-written and expressed piece.
God bless!
Anne Linington10/24/08
Congratulations on the poem and the placing; Especially liked the parent/ child roles being so clearly reversed: reminded me of Seamus Heaney's "The Folower"