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Missing You, Mom

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Missing You, Mom

You stare at me with vapid eyes,
That once were bright and clear.
You don't recognize me now,
My voice you barely hear.

This empty shell that's lying here,
Isn't the mother that I knew,
And it's tearing me apart inside.
Why did this happen to you?

You're the one who gave me life,
You taught and raised me well.
I couldn't ask for a better Mom,
And seeing you like this is hell!

We used to talk and laugh together,
Going shopping was a treat.
You loved to smile and give out hugs,
To every friend we'd meet.

But now you barely speak a word,
You look but you don't see,
And when I try and hug you,
You shrug away from me.

It's torture watching you fade away,
Knowing there's nothing I can do.
Do you even understand what I'm saying,
When I tell you "I love you" ?

How horrid and cruel this disease is,
Destroying every cell in your brain,
Stealing all of your memories,
And causing so much sorrow and pain.

I keep hoping one morning I'll waken,
And find its all been a bad dream,
But reality steps in and betrays me,
Making me want to scream!

My precious Mother, I miss you.
I miss your tender kiss on my brow.
I miss your sweet words of wisdom.
How I wish you had some for me now.

7/25/12
Kim Merryman
For PD's Second Chance contest

(this is a work of fiction)

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 4:41:00 PM
    Hi KIm' congratulations with your sweet win 'take care~SKAT

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 9:10:00 PM
    KIM, thank you for giving me the second chance in viewing this one for my contest...CONGRATULATIONS!!! Always & Forever ;-) LINDA

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 10:27:00 PM
    Well...this is a work of fiction but these tears are real! You should put the footnote on top... So sad, Kim...heartbreaking. Best of luck in Lisa's contest. Ruben.

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 12:23:00 PM
    Alzheimer's Disease is a terrible mental illness..It was like loosing my mother twice..You did a good job with the topic...I am glad that I chose this one to read this afternoon..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 3:47:00 AM
    Thank goodness for the note at the end that it was fiction...you'd have had me weeping otherwise. Lovely poetry by you Kim and many thanks for you comments on my page, we need all the prayers.

  1. Date: 7/28/2012 2:29:00 AM
    yes lovely people leave us, i wrote a verse about sperm whale dementia, awhile ago ...where the patient slips away to feed on krill ...and surfaces occasionaly...

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 5:43:00 PM
    I HOPE is is/was harder on us than it is/was on them [sigh] Okies kind friend [shhhh put another S in missing!] Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 4:26:00 PM
    This is a gem of a poem Kim. I can feel your sadness and your longing for your mom to be what she once was. The memories of your good times will be with you always. Cherish them for time slips away fast. Love this poem and will be added to my fav list. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
    Kim you did a good job with this, I thought it was a true story until I got to the end, you express the emotions of someone who is dealing with dementia in an aging parent, well done, love, vie

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 12:19:00 PM
    kim - i'm so glad to hear this is a work of fiction. you could've fooled me! i actually went through this with my mother, who died of alzheimer's disease, and i really feel for anyone who has to experience losing a loved one in that way. (great poem, by the way!)

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 5:35:00 AM
    This is so sad and yet true for many people, I feel heart sorry for those dealing with it and those suffering xx

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 3:26:00 AM
    I miss my mom to.....lovely poem for your mom, Kim. - Luck to you in contest. - oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 1:06:00 AM
    Very touching write Kim.Enjoyed your poem.

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:25:00 PM
    It's sad. Yes, it happens all to much and it's not fiction when it is so prevalent in our world. You did a nice job of portraying this very hard fact of life for so many.