Failing memories

Written by: Louise Holley

I read letters on a screen
no flow
no power
no meaning
Random faces familiar smiles
sad eyes look at me wishing for yesterday

I search inwardly
through interconnected tunnels of electrical wiring
for the right door to the right room 

I am lost

There is no light on
and so i wander frightened, aimlessly
searching for a hidden thread
Which might lead me out, with trophy in hand, to the finish line
But it seems the game is timed
and my clock ticks backwards
And whatever i was seeking, only lived for a short while on the chalked tile that i wrote it on.
And so i grasp the closest thing i can
but it is not enough.... it is never enough


This poem is dedicated to people with Alzheimer and dementia.