Universal Language

by Lioness   May 22, 2012


Lord knows we've
hurt each other,
and sometimes I
could not understand
your words,

but yesterday
your tears spoke
to me in a universal
language,

and it was clear
how much pain
you were actually
in.

Your blue eyes
had sunken in
and the haze that
had covered them
before your sadness
fell to your cheeks
was irrefutably
touching,

and it broke my heart.

You may not
remember my
name at times,
or how to dress
yourself in the morning
but I can certainly
remember you.

I'd recall the nights I
had slept over your
house and watched
you sew and knit, I
wondered how you
took care of your
grandkids as well
as your eight
angels.

When you lost
your son, it was
the first time I
could really see you,
and the sadness had
connected us
completely,

but the tears that
fell yesterday
drenched your
heart because you
had forgotten your
way home,

and I do hope
that one day
you'll find it.
______________________________________

This poem is dedicated to my Grandmother who suffers from Dementia.

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  • 6 years ago

    by Rebecca Bentley

    Heart wrenching piece of work! Brilliantly wrote, brought goose bumps to my skin, brilliant just brilliant! 5/5

  • 6 years ago

    by Yrem Crish

    "Your blue eyes
    had sunken in
    and the haze that
    had covered them
    before your sadness
    fell to your cheeks
    was irrefutably
    touching,"
    --One of my favorite part. I love the way you worded it, the rhythm is cool and even the poem was written in the freelance the current of the flows are smooth and perfectly written.

    "I'd recall the nights I
    had slept over your
    house and watched
    you sew and knit, I
    wondered how you
    took care of your
    grandkids as well
    as your eight
    angels."

    --Even in this part itself, conveys the power of emotion, stated clearly the feelings of the persona...and wondering some things about her grandma...it so touchy, and even I drift with the emotion...

    'When you lost
    your son, it was
    the first time I
    could really see you,
    and the sadness had
    connected us
    completely,"

    --Wow. I think my feelings are already connect in this poem,too. Brilliant penned.

    but the tears that
    fell yesterday
    drenched your
    heart because you
    had forgotten your
    way home,

    and I do hope
    that one day
    you'll find it.

    --Well, genius writer knows how to end this piece...I love and enjoy reading from the beginning to the end part...very interesting and impressing. Great work:))
    5/5
    ~C

  • 6 years ago

    by Xanthe

    When I first read the title, I thought it was a bit robotic (?) for my tastes, but of course the actual poem changed my mind. The echo of the title here:
    "your tears spoke
    to me in a universal
    language,"
    was totally unexpected (for me) I just love it.
    This is a very touchy topic to write about, and you penned it really well without actually overburdening the poem with emotion.
    "but the tears that
    fell yesterday
    drenched your
    heart because you
    had forgotten your
    way home,"
    The imagery and emotion became one here, really breathtaking!
    The ending was perfectly penned. Hope all the best for your grandmother.
    -X

  • 6 years ago

    by Ms Happiness

    Omg Im on tears. This poem is sooo heartfelt.
    Wish you and your grandmother the best<3

  • 6 years ago

    by L

    Liz, I have been wanting to write about alzhaimer but I haven't gotten my way to write about such a delicate subject. I feel you have written this piece so perfectly and I can't say much other than it has touch my heart.