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An empty shell

Your looking at me,
Like an empty shell
But if you look closer,
Theres a deeper, 
Story to tell.

  If you listen keenly,
  I have something to say
  But you may not hear me.
  My voice has slipped away.

If you look into my eyes,
You may not see me.
Just a reflection of a man
I once use to be.

   Im not this person that you see
   Im considered, an empty shell,
   By the people, who surrounds me

So please be patient, 
This may take, Some time.
Ive lost everything,
Including my mind.

  It seems like a slow Process
  That just comes, with time.
  There where clues along,  the
   Way, but chose to ignore the signs.

I use to have so much,
To say but
Cant talk anymore, its 
Muffled away.
   His walked turned into, a shuffle
   " I heard someone say"
   I stopped walking, that dreadful day.

I am a man of 70+ years
A man no more, but a baby full of tears
Unfamiliar faces changing, and
Dressing me.

  This wasnt how, it was intended to be.
  Giving me a cup of coffee.
  I wish I could tell them, I prefere tea.
  They will never know, the person I use
  To be.

A strong, gentle, humble soul
Who use to garden, and watch his seeds grow.
If only they knew, they would surely agree
Not see this BEING ,,, an empty shell.  

                 Who has come to be, .......ME

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Posted. 6/ 15/ 2013

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  1. Date: 6/21/2013 7:39:00 PM
    This is very good writing on a very sad topic. WELL deserved win. Congrats on your splendid poem.

    thomas Avatar cherie thomas
    Date: 6/21/2013 9:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much andrea really appreciate your kindness. & lovely comment very much thanks again....cheriex:0)
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Cherie this is a tremendous write. My father had Alzheimers and I took care of him until he had to go into a nursing home. A year later he died so I can relate to your poem. Thank you for sharing your poem. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

    thomas Avatar cherie thomas
    Date: 6/21/2013 9:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi connie, I can so relate to your father having Alzheimer's. My uncle is still alive, but everything that he was is gone...but we all still hold on to our memories of them. Its such a sad disease...all diseases are sad but this one seems, to take all the things we cherish in, a person. The mind to the body. Thanks for sharing that with me really appreciate it:) & ty for the congrats:)
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 6:19:00 PM
    I do applaud your insight.....being a nurse I have witnessed this so many times.....if only more people had your patience and understanding. This should be required reading for every Nursing Facility. Congratulations on your win.

    thomas Avatar cherie thomas
    Date: 6/21/2013 9:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow!! thanks so much suz, yes I can so relate to, your comment. I work in the medical field as well & unfortunately witness this often to. Truly appreciate, your kind comment greatly..thanks so much. Cheriex
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Oh, I love this makes me sad to think one feels so lost, and un-acknowledged ........and yet haven't we all felt this at some time or another? So true to life. Well done!

    thomas Avatar cherie thomas
    Date: 6/21/2013 9:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much carrie and yes it is so true, the experiences we go through in life and how we have to be mindful of how we treat one another...thanks for your thoughtful lovely comment....cheriex
  1. Date: 6/21/2013 12:59:00 PM
    I loved the progression of the piece, the page lay out and what a super finale! Congrad's on Your WIN!

    thomas Avatar cherie thomas
    Date: 6/21/2013 2:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello....Thanks so much debbie, really appreciate it:) it means alot especially on a personal level , of dealing with. My uncles ordeal of having Alzheimer's....once again thankyou....x cherie
  1. Date: 6/17/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Hi shadow,,, so true the natural age process. The only thing vital,, that we can ask for is good health. Thanks for taking time out to comment, really appreciate it thankyou:0)

  1. Date: 6/17/2013 4:40:00 AM
    growing old is so frustrating takes 2 - 3 times longer to do simple things. Its the pits lol. lovely sensitive write on something that affects us all Shadow x

  1. Date: 6/16/2013 7:00:00 AM
    Thanks,so much mystic rose, for your lovely insightful comment. I wrote it for my uncle who has,Alzheimers disease...appreciate your kind words...thankyou:)

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:21:00 PM
    A very sensitive write, enjoyed your poetry tonight, we begin as children and we return to our second childhood, life is a journey, enjoyed your heart felt words xxx