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Poems - A dementia sextet


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A dementia sextet

by amca01


her once fiery mind has been burnt out
her thoughts scattered
as though a great foot has kicked her dying fire all over
leaving only fading embers


she no longer talks
her mind is shattered beyond repair
its shards are scattered
and becoming worn and dull


once a proud leader
now urine-odoured and empty-eyed
she sits propped in a stiff chair
a tear running down her dry cheek


every day a new rip in her fabric
more holes now than material
each day there's less
to tie her to the world


with trembling hands
she stares blindly
at her children and grandchildren
who she recognizes no more


she is nobody's mother
grandmother, aunt or friend
the world has kicked her out of
its consciousness

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Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
by anna9 on Saturday, February 25, 2012 (03:00:52)
good one, there is another one on dementia by another poet, take a look, i like both of the poems, each one is unique in its own way

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Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
by misty678 on Saturday, February 25, 2012 (14:34:47)
Nice write

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Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Saturday, March 03, 2012 (09:40:52)
wow! sadly the stark realities of life can be painful and often experienced alone. this is a wonderful poem!

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Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
by Phoebe on Saturday, March 03, 2012 (15:37:08)
A well researched write in both style and topic...excellent..Smile-Phoebe

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Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
by butterflyzrfree on Saturday, March 17, 2012 (13:34:23)
'as though a great foot has kicked her dying fire all over"
My favorite line. This is a brilliant write. There is, to me, as slight confusion in S4 as to why no one brings her clothes? As you do state, in the following stanza, that she has family that she does not recognize. Thanks for the read! Gail

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    Re: A dementia sextet (Score: 1 )
    by amca01 on Saturday, March 17, 2012 (20:02:03)
    That's a really valuable comment. My intention in S4 was to use "fabric" in an existential manner - as in the fabric of her existence, or if you like the fabric of her universe. This is a timely reminder of how sloppy writing like mine can be so easily misinterpreted.

    Thank you for pointing that out to me!


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