Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,245 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

A Mental Abyss - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

There is no measurement for the depth of grief
That one endures to watch the decline
Of a loved one, watching her slip into
That quicksand of dementia.
Day after day, deeper and deeper down
That person sinks into that vacuous
Sinkhole of darkness and, I am helpless
In my ability to rescue her.
I stand on the perimeter of that
Mental quagmire reaching for her hand she,
Though I am her husband, declines afraid
To take the hand of a stranger. In my
Denial, I see some hope for there are days
That she is cognizant, or so it seems.
Then, she slides deeper into that yawning,
Cavernous, bottomless, abyss of night
Wherein she disappears.

Topic(s) of this poem: grief

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

And, so it was.

Comments about A Mental Abyss by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (7/12/2018 9:52:00 PM)

    just wanted you to know i am thinking of you..............if briefly. bri :) (Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (9/17/2017 6:41:00 PM)

    by 'favorite lines', in this case, i referred to how central they are to the poem and the topic 'grief' and the affliction senility. maybe make senility read dementia ***.

    from online:

    *** The Difference Between Dementia and Senility - Elmcroft Senior Living
    www.elmcroft.com/article/...dementia.../the-difference-between-dementia-and-senility...
    Jan 12,2017 - Senility, by contrast, is an older term used to describe a decline in an older adult's physical and cognitive health. Like dementia, senility can cause changes in mental health, such as memory loss or a decline in judgment. But senility symptoms can also include physical changes such as: Stiff joints.

    i did not know the difference!

    bri : l
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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (9/17/2017 6:05:00 PM)

    Lynn, re Poet's Notes: did your wife die or is she alive but more-or-less-dead to her surroundings, including you? either way, grief is certainly a fitting 'topic'.

    'favorite lines':

    I stand on the perimeter of that
    Mental quagmire reaching for her hand she,
    Though I am her husband, declines afraid
    To take the hand of a stranger.

    bri :)


    i have assumed this is a true account from your marital life, and you have now my condolences. if not,
    you have fooled me.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 2, 2017

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 17, 2017


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