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Poem about the journey of losing someone to Alzheimer's
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:24 PM
Joined: 10/1/2015
Posts: 3

I lost my mother to Alzheimer's back in October and like many others I've seen on this message board, I started writing poetry to help process my grief. I've been touched reading the poems others have written about their loved ones and feel inspired to share a poem about the journey of losing Mom to Alzheimer's. 

The Bellringer

I’m twenty one and sitting across a fortune teller

She meticulously studies my palms

Seeing a taxing journey ahead, she holds my hands with compassion

I come to as I recognize my own mother sitting across from me

She repeats her future for me 

“I have Alzheimers”

I stare at the sharp uphill mountain appearing before me

It shows the solitary climb I am forced now to take

Time becomes my sworn enemy

The unmerciful master my mother and I find ourselves enslaved to

Week after week he infuses her with confusion

M o n t h after m o n t h he extracts his payment of memories

Year  after  year he devours her independence

I make my daily visit to Hope’s aviary and despair overtakes me

I’ve discovered Time has clipped her wings and stolen her song

I hold my mother as she falls like sand through my fingers

The sacred connection formed in the womb is rapidly being severed 

Her eyes scan the room searching for me as I stand in front of her

The name she bore me no longer passes her lips

I call to her but my mother no longer answers 

Her empty vessel responds with words I can’t comprehend

I’m enraged with Time for I see she has no good days left

At twenty seven I offer to trade my happiness for my mother’s peace

Time hearing my bargain performs his only merciful act

He manumits her earthly tether and her soul departs

Her lifeless body floats on a raft of cypress in the Chattahoochee river

I release a fiery arrow giving her a warrior’s funeral

Turning from her I find myself at the bottom of a deep pit

I will myself to crawl through grief’s viscid tar up to the land of the living

For the first time in years I find myself content as I inch forward

I sense Hope’s song is released and singing to me

For I hear my mom saying my name again and it rings like bells 

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:24 PM
Joined: 5/9/2022
Posts: 35

That was a beautiful poem. Great way to cope and I am so sorry for your loss.
Cyn’s Daughter
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2022 5:46 AM
Joined: 5/13/2022
Posts: 2

Breathtaking. I am humbled by such a beautiful expression. Thank you for sharing.
wyoming daughter
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2022 5:41 PM
Joined: 3/26/2020
Posts: 68

beautiful.  thank you for sharing.
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