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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
Tears roll down her sunken cheeks
Sorrow falls from all she seeks
“Where have they gone?”
Silent weeping, full of dread
Photos stand beside her bed
No longer mean a thing.
Recollections of a lifetime friend
She cannot comprehend
“What was her name again?"
Recounted images, shapeless faces
Times past gone, she embraces
Inside a puzzled mind.
Unsure of the man beside her lies
Sleep won’t come to heavy eyes
“Why can’t she remember?”
Dark hours bring loss and sadness
Barely surviving utter madness
Within a baffled mind.
Laughter echoes through the day
Someone brought a big bouquet
“Who was that nice young man?”
Foreign words, befuddled identities
“How can she speak obscenities?”
Unable to say things clear.
Caring physicians calm her protests
Guide her through painless tests
“Why can’t she tell the time?”
Rejecting yet one more embrace
To just become another face
Mirrored in her children’s eyes.
This poem is dedicated to those who suffer from dementia and for family members who find themselves - forgotten.
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