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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Banquet - deadline 8-16-12 10 am NY time (08/09/12)

TITLE: Stardust Memories
By Vicki J. Cypcar
08/15/12


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Alzheimerís patient 59B,

Thatís how they refer to me.

The staff is kind and they do their best,

Bring Ensure shakes and tell me to rest.


Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.


Officerís Banquet and a big band to play,

A great way to end a gut-wrenching day.

White tablecloths and candlelight,

Nat King Cole singing ĎStardustí that night.


Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.


Emerald eyes and ebony hair,

Her parents forbidding her presence there.

A dance card full Ė my name listed last,

A life full of love and memories of past.


Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.


In shades of sepia my daydreams define,

My life before shrapnel severed my spine.

I went to war strong and returned home lame,

I have two children but canít remember their names.



Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.


As the sun bids farewell I reminisce,

Of my younger years and my wedded bliss.

In my wheelchair I wait and Iím dressed to go,

To the Senior Banquet in the grand gazebo.



Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.



White tablecloths and candlelight,

Nat King Cole singing softly tonight.

Banquet of food fit for a king,

Light shining softly on her wedding ring.


Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

I donít know my name Ė Iím just 59B.



As ĎStardustí plays I remember my life,

I look to my side and I see my wife.

Patient 59A is my sweet Anne Marie,

Sheís holding my hand and sheís smiling at me.



Whatever happened to my sweet Anne Marie?

Sheís here with me now in ĎStardust Memories.í


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CD Swanson 08/16/12
Awww...So touching. It brought tears to my eyes. You've managed to bring a sad situation to life with dignity, while covering the topic.

I've seen so many "59B" patients during my days of working at a Nursing Facility. Thank you for writing this poignant piece.

God Bless~
Genia Gilbert08/18/12
This is quite touching and well written. It concerns a heartbreaking thing that seems to touch all of us more and more, but you have given it a sweet perspective.
Ellen Carr 08/19/12
This is beautiful. It's very moving and very well written with lovely rhythm and rhyme. Defintely one of the best!
Karen Pourbabaee 08/19/12
Lovely,sentimental,exemplifying the power of music to evoke memory.
Hiram Claudio08/21/12
You did a wonderful job of placing the reader in the wheelchair with the MC. I could feel his longer for a different time and his frustration with where life is now ... I could even feel the frustration with not knowning his own name (or the names of his children).

And yet, his heart filled his memory with his wife. So moving and touching. A truly enjoyable read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/21/12
This is lovely. the rhymes and rhythm just sing to my soul--a sad song but one with a touch of hope. The ending was a surprise and made the poem even more special.
Leola Ogle 08/22/12
This brought tears to my eyes since my own mom is in a care facility. Delightful and moving. Well written! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/23/12
Congratulations for ranking 8th in level 3 and 16 overall!
Ruth Brown 08/29/12
This was wonderful! You tell the story so well through poetry! What a gift! Blessings, Ruth Brown