Treasure Island

Katie Harrison

(London)

Losing You to Alzheimers


It seemed to start very slowly with you forgetting little things
I know that you were worried about what Alzheimer’s brings
Then gradually things got worse and you got really scared
I found it hard to deal but tried to show I cared

I should have been more patient and tried to understand
That you were lost and frightened and needed to hold my hand
I just wanted you back Mum to how you used to be
So that you could continue to share your life with me

Really rather quickly you began to lose your way
Remembered very little and got worse day by day
I then made the decision to put you in a home
I felt I had no option for you could not be left alone
I am so sorry for doing that as I know it made you sad

Things then got quickly worse and you deteriorated fast
I then began to wonder how much longer you would last
You don’t know who I am anymore and are unable to talk
You have now lost your mobility and can no longer walk

I know that you are going more and more each day
It is so painful to watch but there is no other way
I know one day you will leave me and go to a better place
Then I hope you will be happy and a smile is on your face

The sadness in your eyes will be sure to disappear
And I will not completely lose you for I know that you’ll be near
Remember that I will always love you wherever you may be
And that I have the lovely memories of the time you shared with me

Submitted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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  • David Wood (4/16/2013 6:14:00 AM)

    A sad but lively poem that rhymes well. I invite you to read my poem Tina and An Unbroken Chain as I list my wife last year. A good write. Keep writing. (Report) Reply

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