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Dementia

He was always so happy
strong and bold.
He'd give you the shirt off of his back.
Tough.
Independent.
He had a rough life
growing up through the depression,
but like he always does,
he got through it.
He has two boys, of whom he is so proud.
Moved from Regina, to Victoria.
He had the best life anyone his age could have wanted.
But ever since his wife died, 
he has not been the same.
Sad
Lonely
Empty.
But like he has always done,
he got through it.
Mind slipping, 
just a little forgetful.
That's how it always starts out...
But like always, he powered through it, 
until now...
He is not the same person that I used to know.
He been sentenced to the prison in his own mind.
Possessed by the thoughts of his dogs ashes.
He likes to play the blame game,
but we know he doesn't remember that it was him.
He wakes up in the night
shaking with pain, 
tears streaming down his face.
There is nothing we can do,
Oh well...
Two more tylenol.
Hold on to hope
for as long as you can,
It's only a matter of time now.
He gets vocal, a very loud tone.
He'll block you in your room
and make false accusations
But we know that it's the pain induced monster in him.
Tick tock, tick tock...
You can't handle the stress anymore
you have to leave.
Just hope for the best, 
maybe it will get better.
Surprise, it doesn't.
Your denial is foolish, everyone knows 
what happens next.
Sedation
Medication
Anger
Hurt
All results of
dementia

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  1. Date: 4/28/2013 5:23:00 PM
    Laura, it is nice reading this one again, a very nice and awesome poem. Congratulations with your Featured Poem of the week :-) Take care, and enjoy the new coming week. Always & Forever! HUGS **LINDA**

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 4:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win laura xx

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:43:00 PM
    Laura, The New Poets of 2013, Congratulations in this contest. Hope to read more of your poems. Take Care*SKAT

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 6:47:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this powerful poem. Rick

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 8:31:00 PM
    Laura, CONGRATULATIONS with the first poem you posted on the soup :-) it was an honor in hosting this contest for the New Poets of 2013. Thank you for the support. Please enjoy your winning poem. By the way, I posted a blog in honor of the poets who made the list of this contest. The blogs name ----> ""I got the answer :-) What is a poet?"" please check out the blog when you have time. It's a nice gesture from me to you ~ xox ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 9:55:00 AM
    Depressingly beautiful and well crafted. Dementia.... We would love to forget about it. Isn't that ironic? Welcome to the forum. You are appreciated here on the Soup site..... Jake

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 1:12:00 PM
    This is so true. I have felt the sting too of such an evil ness. I am here if you need. Keep writing ! jen

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 2:02:00 PM
    Wow, this is such a powerful piece! You've organized the stages that led to his dementia in such a creative and heartbreaking way. Great job!