Dementia

by Hellon   Mar 30, 2017


This is who I am...

my hands tremor to the point
that I no longer
add ice to my water for
the clink clink draws
attention I don't need.

This is how I am...

the drool by the side
of my mouth dries up
before I'm aware that
it's even there.

This is who I am now...

In my mind the words
and sentences are still clear
but become jumbled when I try
to verbalize them.

This is how I am now...

I do know your face
but I have trouble remembering
your name, is it Katherine?
are we related?

Who am I? How am I?
Is this a trick question?
Is there a difference?

Who am I? How am I? What have I become?

I don't really know for sure....

@Hellon 30th March 2017

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  • 10 months ago

    by anand singh

    This piece hits close to home and brought back many memories of my Mom who passed away from the complications of Alzheimers and Dementia. A sad yet beautiful piece that describes the very essence of this terrible disease.

  • 1 year ago

    by Milly Hayward

    An excellent piece and a very well deserved win. You have portrayed the essence of dementia beautifully in this emotional snapshot. Well done. Milly x

  • 1 year ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Mental illness is on the rise and I hope that in time there will be a Cure.

  • 1 year ago

    by Pagan Paul

    I'm hoping that this is poetic empathy rather than personal experience. Dementia is such a debilitating illness. Though from talking to people with early onset dementia the early symptoms can be very similar to panic attacks, a lack of awareness. Nicely expressed empathic write Hellon.
    PPx

  • 1 year ago

    by Koan

    You have touched upon a very tear-provoking reality that have become a part of our time... I guess that was the magical spell that brought your poem to the front page...
    Unfortunately I’m not here to praise your poem. After reading it for 20 times
    I’m confident to say that this poem should have never been on the front page!
    Not because it’s not better than the other two, but because you can do much better... Your poem should have reflected on so much more!!!! I really don’t need to or wanting to list all the possibilities

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