A journey in time with Alzheimer's

Posts tagged ‘short term memory’

Frequent flyer

Same ole question … lucid days
What am I doing here? anyway!
No idea! … a fib-let … or two
Doesn’t satisfy … Lady-blue
A frequent flyer … stirs the pot
Suspicious nature … sees a plot
Squinting eyes … tousled hair
Jumbled words … tossed in air
Wait! Short term memory came to play
Confuses Blue … SAVES THE DAY!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ July 14, 2015

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What’s sup?

Smothering succotash … what’s sup
Which end of the spoon or the cup
Used to … take nourishment up
What happened … why? how?
Just dip the spoon … eventually
Food … will follow … hopefully
Down the hatch … undoubtedly
You’re not hungry? Maybe need
A new … recipe … or try again
And see … if … short-term-memory
Or bribery … overcomes adversity!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ May 13, 2015

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

Reality’s tree

Wringing hands … stutter … stammer
Mom’s disgruntled … what’s the matter
“That woman” … all day long
Peeks in my room … doesn’t belong
Up and down halls … she roams
Says she’s waiting … to go home
Asks … have you seen … my son
Everyday … asks … everyone
Forgets … yesterday … gone
Wayward … lost … that’s what’s wrong
Disbelief … my mind’s overloaded
Thinking … it’s you … can’t you see
Plain as the nose on your face … to me
Deja vu … looking glass
Antics … not meant to … harass
They’re you … you’re them … guarantee
These apples fell … far … reality’s tree.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ January 6, 2014

What’s the question?

Grumpy … needs told … what … where … don’t scold
Hates … not knowing why … rational thinking … won’t fly
So … what’s … a trick … keep Grumpy … on the stick
Moving forward … onward bound … confusion around
Wait … let it go … short term memory … love it so
Eventually …  circles  … fly by … can’t remember why
What was the question … can’t know … love it … love it
LET … IT … GO!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ December 28, 2014

Innocence kept safe


Dilemma … keeping … Mother … safe
From … who … what … you say
From others … going her way
From strangers … sharing her lot
Alzheimer’s forget-me-nots
Fragile minds … flowers … askew
Sanity’s train … way overdue
From … herself … oops
Fell … off balance … to the floor
Which direction … to her door
Suspicious … fearful … scared
Where’d they put her stuff?
Short term memory gone … enough!
Makes a sane person … nuts
Thinking stuff … stole away
Looking for it … every day
Here … now there … or was it?
Who … keeps Mother … safe?
When … I’m not … around
Caregivers … defend her ground
Child like innocence … abounds
Alert … listening … every sound
Something’s wrong … in hot pursue
Troublous forget-me-nots … taboo.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ November 25, 2014

Steadfast

Clearing thoughts in my head
Let it go … pillow said
Breathe in slow … in … out
Words can hurt … there’s no doubt
Can’t change … where you … are
Or when you feel the need … to spar
Can only promise … not to run
Steadfast … till day is done
Not to … with my sadness … flee
Swallow … hard … sweet misery
Strength and solace … from above
He holds our hands … binds our love
Short term memory … paves the way
Refreshes … sweetly … each new day.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ November 4, 2014

Inoculation

Found you shuffling down the hall
You see me … “Sheila Grimes” you call
They’re mean … needles aimed at me
You say … alarmed … profanity
Goodness Mother … tell me all
In my mind … words … recall
Flu season … time … inoculate
You forgot … my articulate
We talked of what needed done
Agreed … from … everyone
So now … anger in your eyes
You forgot … not surprised
Short-term memory … surmised
Talk it out … my head is thinking
Holding tears … my eyes are blinking
Sweet angels … nurses … got it done
Heartfelt thanks … everyone!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ October 15, 2015

Appeasing Momma

Peek in … throw hat in the door
Are you there Momma? Is it war!
She forgets when I come around
Where have you been? She says
Wearing … a … frown!
Always I say … working
It seems … to appease her mind
Sometimes … I am
Sometimes … not
A fib-let … helps me be kind
No matter how long I stay
She’s unhappy when I go away
But Momma … I’ll see you
Tomorrow … no fear
Frown’s gone … smiles appear!

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ September 29, 2014

Crocodile Stew

A … crocodile … ate … me?
You’re serious … I can see
Tears streaming down your face
Short term memory … please erase
I missed a visit … yesterday
It happens … now … and then
When it does … you’re in a stew
Wandering … Alzheimer’s … avenue
What to do … perplexes … me
No other course … I see
Hugs … smiles … extra … miles
Bring on the chocolate … to beguile.

Copyright/ Sheila Grimes/ July 12, 2012

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