A journey in time with Alzheimer's

Posts tagged ‘heart’

Remnants

Lights … flash … cross your mind
Memories … whispers … of time
A brief …moment … a thought
Then … it’s gone … for naught
You grasp a word … heave a sigh
Heart’s racing … curious … why
Remnants … colors ‘n shapes
Alzheimer’s stealing … words escape.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ April 7, 2015

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validation

A new word … for me
Validate … it’s easy you see
A smile … a word … a touch
Validate … it means so much
Your word salad … confusing
Can’t get a meaning … out
Validate … no need to shout
Noises confuse the fragile mind
Validate … while there’s time
Wandering … looking for an out
Validate … it’s there … about
Food looks different … taste too
Validate … to get you through
A small gesture … hard to swallow
Like a fib-let … brings me sorrow
But you’re better for it … I see
Validate … lessens heartache
For you … and me.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ March 17, 2015

Heart strings in the way

Daily grieving … heavy on my heart
Loss is great … can’t pry the hurt apart
Can’t toss it high … forever open up
Take the grief … take away the cup
Stumbling on tears… falling to the ground
Knocking over time … scattered all around
Want to glue the pieces … forever and a day
Need to let it go … heart strings in the way.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ February 23, 2015

Mom’s nursery

Walking into Mom’s room I see
A nursery … Mary, Timotheus and
Who are you?  Mom … who’s the
new kid?  She smiles (babysitting awhile)
Seems (I heard) her adult passed away
Figures … Mom invited her to stay
Through the years, kindness was
Never a weakness … as I recall
Mom … always … gave … all
Her heart always gave what she had
No stumbling blocks … was glad
To help another … along the way
And so it is today … the new kid
Is welcomed … to play!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ February 9, 2015

A dignified life

Tears ago … my heart sank … much to know … to help Mom
Whispers of time … have past … my mission … remains fast
Hope is urgent … constant … hold tight … forceful might
Ever so close … yet not … dear God … my lot
Oh … to toss … the veil … that doubles … each day
I’m fading … exponentially … soon to be gone … away
Remaining memories of me … distant drumming sounds
Soon our only bond … you dear Jesus … our heart’s song
Daily prayer … no worry … no strife … a dignified life.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ January 20, 2015

Daily reminder

Time to eat … you drag your feet
Children come too … for a treat
“Children” … your dolls … alert
Don’t feed them … they can’t burp
Your smile … turns upside down
“Children” come … going to town
Of course … I say … plowing the way
Nourishing … mind … body … heart
A daily reminder … agreeing … is smart!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ January 5, 2014

Bona fide

Leaning … peering to the floor
Deja vu … been here … before
An abyss … porthole … looking thru
Finding another? … Peering at you?
You’re talking loud … on a quest
Totally … enthralled … I can attest
Friend or foe … my mind’s screaming
Tears flowing … floods … streaming
A serious … depressing frown
Your mind’s … in … confusion
World‘s … upside … down!
Times like this … head says run
Heart says stay … till over … done
Sometimes lasts … a moment or two
Sometimes … more … past curfew
Poor Momma … my heart cries
Alzheimer’s stinks … bona fide!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ December 13, 2014

Face Down

You fell … again … hate those calls
My heart … skipped … a beat
But … you’re up and walking
The nurse says … on two feet
The car ride to the “place”
Gave me time “to think”
Were you wearing … non-skid socks?
Or shoes? … or maybe spilled a drink?
She said … you were scared
Didn’t know … why you fell
But … all around … the evidence
Showed … easy enough … to tell
Couldn’t have been … prevented
You wouldn’t … allow … help
Trying … to do … for self
You landed … face down … with a yelp!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ January 4, 2014

Happy land

Civil words … kind smiles … what happened then … to now
Where’d your … happy go … hidden deep? Buried low?
Why leave you sad ‘n blue? … why’d they go …. without you?
The answers to these questions asked … why’s happy gone
And doesn’t … last … happy land … comes from the heart
The soul … shines through … smiles impart
Chases … Alzheimer’s blues … away
Like moon ‘n stars … brighten a day!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ December 13, 2014

Time whispers away

Sitting … thinking … frowning face
Bewildered … forlorn … smile displaced
Worried … wondering … why
Where’d everyone go … heaving sigh
Bits ‘n pieces … words … expound
Reminisce … heart’s unsound
Fading faces … thoughts askew
Where’d they go … and why not you
Quietly sit … share … your space
Words are few … thoughts embrace
Hugs ‘n smiles … NOT blissful day
Time … whispers … away.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ November 20, 2014

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