Melvina Germain

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(908) Alzheimer’s The Beast - Poem by Melvina Germain

Alzheimer’s the beast

We married and loved each other oh so much,
always wanting to kiss and touch.
Many happy times we shared together,
walking hand in hand in all kinds of weather.

We brought three children into this world.
Nourished them, loved them, two boys and a girl.
Watched them grow into beautiful strong adults.
Proud we stood, we helped with their results.

Our children moved on, leaving our happy home.
Married and had children of their own.
Grandchildren came to visit, oh what a pleasure.
Moments my wife and I will always treasure.

Many things changed throughout the years,
my wife began to shed many tears.
Our happy moments turned to moments of fear.
We had no idea what we were about to hear.

After visiting our family Doctor, not knowing
what he would say.
I thought I would surely die that saddened day.

He opened his mouth and began to speak,
I wanted to run and cry in the streets.
My poor wife, my poor beautiful wife.
will slowly leave our happy life.

The diagnosis was harsh but sure.
Alzheimer’s crept into our door.
My wife’s memory was failing fast.
She no longer remembered any of our past.

My worst fear came when she asked my name..
My heart dropped as if from a mountain top.
Crushed to say the least, looking into the face
of Alzheimer’s the beast.

I visited her daily, my friends asked why.
She doesn’t know you, just say goodbye.
I replied without hesitation, you’re right,
She doesn’t know me, but I know her.
There’s definitely no mystery,
Together my wife and I have a history.

Written by: Oct.26/2006


Comments about (908) Alzheimer’s The Beast by Melvina Germain

  • (4/15/2007 2:08:00 PM)

    This one hits home Melvina.....my father is now progressing threw his Alzheimers.
    I keep telling my mom you must laugh at all his moments because if you don't....you won't. I f you would like to read my lighter side of our situation...please read 'Barefoot I Walk With My Alligator Shoes' my poem dedicated to my father with Alzheimers
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  • (3/31/2007 5:58:00 AM)

    Bless Ya Melvina, and thank you for reading my work. I agree this is traumatic, I cant imagine this in years to come, its heartbreaking. Hang onto the good times, thats all I can say. All the best. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/23/2007 4:07:00 PM)

    Melvina, I agree with Diane that the last words of this poem make you shudder and pray that your closest never suffer from the dreaded disease. Beautiful heart rendering piece. Thank you for sharing it.
    David
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  • (11/5/2006 1:14:00 AM)

    So true in your last words, together my wife and I have a history. Those struck with this dreaded disease have their lucid moments, those moments that we live for, if only fleeting. Wonderful, wonderful write Melvina. All the best, Diane (Report)Reply

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  • (11/4/2006 8:32:00 AM)

    absolutly a story of sadden beauty.......a very delicate subject matter.....
    placed in the beauty of your words......well said
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  • (10/31/2006 2:20:00 PM)

    So sad Melvina the mysterious death comes in different names and there is no remedy for goodbyes. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2006 6:16:00 PM)

    Melvina...again you give the impression of personal involvement. Only last night watched show on TV where families of sufferers throw a party, trying to time it to catch last vestiges of lucidity before that long sinking into nowhere we can follow.
    The subject needs to be broadcast more widely. Well done...B
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  • Tailor Bell (10/28/2006 11:42:00 PM)

    my grandmother and grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's...it was but for a few years though, then they passed. touching piece Melvina with unusual perspective. nice work. (Report)Reply

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/28/2006 12:25:00 PM)

    PERHAPS THE ONLY DISEASE WORSE THAN WATCHING A LOVED ONE WANE FROM CANCER...MY DAD, WHO IS ALSO I AM PROUDTO SAY, MY LIFELONG HERO, IS 84, & HAS HAD ALZ. FOR 3 YEARS NOW, , , IT IS STILL BEING TERMED AS MILD, BUT THE CHANGES ARE SO ACUTE TO ME AS I KNOW HOW EVER SHARP HE WAS FOR 80+ YEARS....YOUR STORY IS SO SADLY ELOQUENT, M.G. & I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT IT'S CONTENT IS NOT FAMILY-BIO...'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''{F j R} (Report)Reply

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  • (10/28/2006 11:29:00 AM)

    Choked up am I. Touching and tear-inducing with a great moral ending. BRAVO - A 10 rating! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 28, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 30, 2010


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