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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Celebrating Life
By Thomas Kappel
09/09/07


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With Alzheimerís every day is a surprise.
It only started a short while ago,
I think.

Itís something you donít
at first notice

Little things
names become hard
even those you love
and spelling
and then words themselves
Little things.

And then thereís the
pot on the stove
with the flame underneath
forgotten

And the checks for the bills
thought theyíd been sent
but,
forgotten.

No more cooking
even hot chocolate
and no more paying
the bills
nor driving
or going for a walk
alone.

Then the choking fear
sustaining and then
dying too
forgotten.

After fear
singing starts
easier to pull out
words
and love
and happiness
from the music
inside.

Colors
blobs of colors
bright
bold
sharp
and indistinct
unrecognizable
with unrecognizable
sounds coming
followed by
lips and kisses
on the face
love
remembered
till gone.

Finally
eventually
the body sound
squish-dump
squish-dump
squish-dump
slowly-slowly
coming to
a
stop
forgetting
anymore
to work


In that moment
I see the light
and remember the words
heart, blood, and love
as my husbandís arms
wrap around me
his tears touch
my face
as my breath stops

I walk into the light
thatís a brightness
thatís not light
but
love
so strong
so powerful
so bright.

God the Fatherís love.
God the Sonís love
and the love of the
Holy Spirit.

And, surprised, I remember
all, everything,
backwards
from the last moment
to the first
and I understand the plan
the glory, the universe,
the reason for all
as the light of love
wraps around me
and I step forward
safe at home
again
at last.


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Dee Yoder 09/13/07
Made me tear up! I want my Dad to have this renewal someday, but, the letting go and the giving back to God is so hard. Not to mention the many losses along the way, as you have so aptly described! You touched me with this masterful poem.
Sheri Gordon09/13/07
This is just awesome. You've captured Alzheimers in a very creative style. Your final stanza is so encouraging. Wonderful job.
Joanne Sher 09/14/07
Amazingly powerful - especially the end. Excellent imagery.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/14/07
This is so beautiful that it took my breath, a wonderful poem that says so much in a few words.
Janice Cartwright09/19/07
This poem cut through words with spirit. That is the only way I can describe the way it affected me. Truly, truly gorgeous and its source is so obvious. And now I want to go and read it again.