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An anniversary picture reaches for my hand dusting his charm reflected from window’s ray, his smile buoyant as air more clear than any sun recalling how my instinct felt he was the only one. We promised to link our lifetime eternal, and yet, in a click of time, he fell drained by some incurable strain hazing his memory; forgetting the warm love that knitted our arms… I cringe; dear life ,sanctify us from harm I pray his eyes reaching out, though living in another realm and this varnished portrait I now hold with tears cannot fade, cannot erase his smile bursting my veins. Here, in a room with cinders as coffee tunes, my flesh, thin flesh grows hungry, a bit angry about his world unknown to him and me : a jungle tested by stillness or steel… he remembers nothing of moments brewed in simple joys and discoveries, our bodies once locked on subways and parks, tongues livid with laughter popping shrieks darting on tall trees,giggling, giggling. i freeze... My black coffee freezes at the damn thought of other human arms embracing tight, not alone. I cling to my beloved, wishing I could give half of my mind to fill a space of his dementia. I close the door gazing at him, chair-bound…
I am absent today.
Shadow Hamilton's Your Old Favorite Poem ~ about Alzheimer's Disease 12/14/2013

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  1. Date: 6/11/2015 9:44:00 PM
    Nette, so moving and heartfelt.. Hope your winner is a fiction write!

  1. Date: 6/10/2015 3:37:00 PM
    A most powerful write here Nette, I don't know if it is from your own experience.? Should this be so I offer condolences to you, congrats on the placement today..'

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 11:44:00 AM
    Nette. Congratulations on your awesome win. HUGS **SKAT**

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 7:18:00 AM
    Hi, Nette, You have written such a touching poem on a devastating disease. Congratulations on your win. Blessings, Darlene.

  1. Date: 6/9/2015 3:55:00 AM
    sad yet so beautiful Netter congrats on your win:-) Hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 10:17:00 PM
    CONGRATS on a great win my friend.. A deeply profound write IMHO. A7..

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 9:52:00 PM
    My this is epic, awesome poem Nette. The images and emotions this conjures is intense and unsettling, yet beautiful. Certainly a rich tapestry of love flows with these words. You are a master...Congrats

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 8:39:00 PM
    An excellent write, Nette! Intense and heart-wrenching! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/8/2015 4:35:00 PM
    so heart wrenching Nette I feel for you as I know how it feels congrats on 2nd place hugs

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 8:26:00 PM
    Frank has good taste.... love. SKAT

  1. Date: 1/16/2014 4:35:00 AM
    Oh mercy me Nette...This is so very sad but very sensual too (Whew!) I can't help wondering if this is from a real life experience? You are the best you know that? Beauty, intelligence and LOADS of talent. What a combination...

  1. Date: 1/15/2014 6:26:00 AM
    Inspiring thoughts to give up something to relive and congrats on the fine win, nette

  1. Date: 12/17/2013 8:56:00 PM
    You write the most eloquent masterpieces. Your work gives me chills within waves of emotion. Have a wonderful holiday season:)

  1. Date: 12/16/2013 8:35:00 AM
    Nette, betimes in much younger years, I'd have the occasional mental dalliance but then thankfully lived long enough and gained sufficient wisdom to realize that the great number of things one might give up in such pursuits far exceeded the value of their momentary pleasure. I gaze ruefully at those who have net yet learned this lesson.

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 5:42:00 PM
    Oh Nette, what a sad poem about a devastating reality of life. You have been able to convey the utter helplessness that relatives and friends feel when the disease attacks a loved one. It's good to remind people that there is work to be done. Your poem does that.

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 10:53:00 AM
    Very sad atmosphere is screened here with nostalgic memories. Master piece indeed. Loved always, my lovely friend, bl

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:26:00 AM
    A very beautifully sad poem my dearest friend Nette! Kudos on this outstanding write! TYSM for sharing. A winner for me. I'm sorry, can't stay long at soup 'cuz tom. we've class again. Super duper busy until before Christmas my dear friend. I'm longing for school holiday/break. So sad, I can't go home. My uncle is leaving soon. Advance Merry Christmas. love lots & biggest hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 5:44:00 AM
    Sad and beautiful at the same time Nette. At the end when even you are not remembered, is the hard part. An example of superb poetry. Anne

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 5:42:00 AM
    Sad to see one we love go the road to slowly or sometimes swiftly becoming totally absent but yet here..I have experienced it with my husband's parents and with my mother..Thanks for stopping by..Sara..P.S. I have heard that adding coconut oil to a person's food helps bring them back..

  1. Date: 12/14/2013 10:22:00 PM
    What a sad poem and a devastating condition for the loved ones that must watch on helplessly. I don't know what inspired this excellent write. I hope it wasn't a first hand experience. Very well done.