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Dementia

I see her sitting in her chair The wheels are locked in place My gaze is met by hollow eyes No expression on her face It's clear she does not know me Nor does she recognize The life that swirls around her chair She cannot visualize In her lap there rests a doll Cupped within her arm With the instincts of a mother She shelters it from harm. I wonder what still lies within What thoughts run through her head When her whole life consists of Her wheelchair and her bed How much of life does she retain What treasures does she hide How much does she really know That she keeps locked inside Does in her heart a love still glow Do cherished memories play Or like her withered body Have they too gone away I wish that I could reach her And visit for a while But I can offer nothing But compassion and a smile
11/25/2011

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  1. Date: 11/28/2011 8:14:00 AM
    aww, so sad. it must be very frustrating for you and yet you handle it with a positive attitude, offering what you can. I love the stanza about the memories, if they still play. beautiful description.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/28/2011 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Susan. It is such a humbling experience to be around these people.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 10:42:00 AM
    wow this almost made me cry nice work 7 up

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/27/2011 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes John, it is sad. And no cure.
  1. Date: 11/27/2011 5:41:00 AM
    This is brilliant Bob, having worked in 'áge care' i feel the sentiment here, wonderful poem. just got to go to my favourites, along with you. harry

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/27/2011 8:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I volunteer at a nursing home one afternoon a week and see this all around me. Sad.
  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:30:00 PM
    Yes, I think some of us know this feeling all too well. The older we get, the more chance we have of finding it in our own family. Sad one and well written, Bob.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/26/2011 1:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea. Always appreciate your comments
  1. Date: 11/24/2011 7:24:00 PM
    You have done a wonderful job with this one Bob, I hear you, it is sad to lose oneself and those we love, Thank you for sharing, always, Vie

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/24/2011 10:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Vie
  1. Date: 11/24/2011 1:47:00 PM
    sad....my mother in law is like this.....

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/24/2011 2:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My mother suffered with it too. It is sad to watch