A Caregiver's Lament

Rating: 5.0
Endless...the repetition
of servitude, its oppressive
routine crushing, suffocating,
demoralizing—eroding
away hopes and dreams,
consummate user of a life
torn down, a life once lived.

The pursuit of happiness
becomes elusive, vague, and
the joy once known is left far
behind—its remnants teasing
in fading, flashing visions of
what was, serving only to
nourish the seeds of regret.

Energy becomes depleted;
love once vibrant, wanes and
lingers in near-dormant state
overtaken by a pervasive
cauldron of depression now
manifest in silent, growing,
and all-consuming act of will.

Needs of self sacrificed, the
spirit consumed to a fading
ember is poised for extinction.
Bound by doctrine or bound by
beliefs instilled, escape is found
only in lasting, cheerless and
thankless freedom of death.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: hopelessness,love and pain,peace,sacrifice,suicide
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The poem, “A Caregiver’s Lament, ” explores and reveals the darker, seldom acknowledged side of caregiving as viewed from the author’s personal experience.
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COMMENTS
Roseann Shawiak 22 July 2015
This poem is a sad reminder of life that was once lived fully and has become reduced to a being depending on another for care. A heart rending depiction of what it's like to be a care taker, and yet it is a blessing to be taken care of. Very poignant poem, Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn
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R B Seals 24 July 2015
Hello, Roseann! Firstly, thank you very much for your very kind remarks and high rating! I recently had the opportunity to submit the work to other sites and was also met with positive comments like '...honest words/feelings beautifully expressed', 'It’s like you have been looking at my life for the last 6 yrs. and put it into words….words that I could never come up with.', 'Wow. That was a truly powerful poem. Thank you for sharing it.' and by their response, humbled. This writing has indeed proved the most gratifying in terms of reader response. Thank you again, Roseann, for your most high rating. Take care!
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