Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Forgetting

Alzheimer's Disease (a type of dementia) is something a lot of elderly people have to deal with, and it affects their friends and family. Here's a poem I wrote. I've never personally experienced anyone with a bad case of Alzheimer's, but I know someone who has. It's a tough thing to go through, especially when you know the person well.

Memories escape you.
Words puzzle you.
Faces seem to fade.

You try to speak – words are empty.
You try to remember – nothing comes.
You try to sleep – darkness haunts you.

What’s in a name?
Everything, then.
But nothing now.

What’s in the darkness?
Your future.

When people come and go, you try.
Really try.
But you don’t recognize a single one.
Even the one who said she came yesterday.

Yesterday.


Yesterday is gone. Today is going. Tomorrow is your only hope.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, Ruby! Amazing poem. It's really perfect...

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  2. thanks Skyril... :) I know it's sad. I wanted to capture what the person was feeling... trying to sympathize. It's hard when you've never gone through it. But I can imagine.

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