So helpless are we against this disease,
That’s robbing your mind with so much ease,
It’s painful to watch you slipping away,
A little bit more with each passing day.
You’ve been my rock for 40 years,
That very thought brings me to tears,
For a man so big so strong yet mild,
To now have the mind of a little child.
At first we both thought it was just old age,
But it was the “intruder” setting the stage,
Preparing a place for his presence to dwell,
Then ever so slowly you were under his spell.
You’ve forgotten everyone you used to know,
In detail you talk of long ago,
If un-supervised you’ll lose your way,
I often choke up with no words to say.
Until one day to my surprise,
You looked at me with those big brown eyes,
Then uttered “I love you and I always will,”
I tearfully answered that “I loved you still.”
So lovely and briefly you came back to me,
Sounding like the man you used to be,
We basked in the moment so fleeting so fast,
Then abruptly you left; I knew this wouldn’t last.
How thankful I was for that time together,
Having you back brought so much pleasure,
Shortly there after you gave up the fight,
I'll treasure my memories with all my might…