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If losses are like raindrops, the weather has betrayed me: Poetry and musings about Dementia

Posted Jun 24th, 2015 in ElderPilot in Action

There are times the words call out to me, and I feel so compelled to express them in prose.  For my passion, in part, rests with Dementia Care.
The Pathway of Forgetting


 If there is but a chance to help me with kindly direction, do so,

For I have lost my way, through no fault of my own.

My sustenance, the memory I relied upon, deceives me,

And I am left to gather information, scattered like breadcrumbs.

 
The once familiar places, test my reliance on past experiences,

They settle in crevices, richly mingled beneath the dusty shadows.

So if you would, please gently brush away the cobwebs,

Freeing hidden words, that are beckoning me to remember.

 
At times the sensibility of knowing I have forgotten,

Rises clearly from a restful place of solitude.

And then, through bewilderment, I wonder if it is possible,

To keep these images safely hidden, from my nemesis.

 
A kaleidoscope of thoughts belies my conscious mind,

Mingling truths and falsehoods, intertwined like errant branches.

I seek the pathway through the beckoning forest,

And find constraints of reality, confusing yet transfixing.

 
If losses are like raindrops, the weather has betrayed me,

Yet compelled am I to find a point of refuge.

So if there is but a chance to help me with kindly direction, do so,

For I have lost my way, through no fault of my own.

Ann Chartier Elder PIlot

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