Tag Archives: dementia

on her Alzheimer’s (for Lan)

my being in her heart
hers in mine    treasure despoiled
by circumstance and time

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

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tanka

late Spring afternoon
crescent moon just barely seen
mistaken for cloud
a mere specter of itself
fading memories of love

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

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memory is all
without it   there cannot be
friendship   love   grief   joy
but dull days of clouded skies
nights bereft of moon and stars

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

Tanka

full moon’s pale visage
in morning’s blue sky:  her Self:
each day less distinct
till one morning she’ll awake,
stare at him, say Who are you?

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(c) Gregory V Driscoll  2012

The Magic Kingdom

She didn’t remember how she’d gotten there.  Her companion led her by the hand to the yellow teacup.  Other people were climbing into the seventeen other teacups.  She had last been on this ride years before with her husband and her young children.  She sat down.  Her companion sat down opposite her and snapped shut the little door in the side of the cup.  He wasn’t her husband but a dark stranger who turned his head away every time she tried to look into his face. They waited for all the others to be seated in their teacups and the little doors to be slammed shut.

Suddenly the pale yellow teacup and all the others started to move in large circles over the surface.  Then the dark stranger grabbed the solid wheel in the center of the teacup and began to turn it faster and faster.  The teacup rotated on its axis, spinning slowly at first, then more and more quickly until she could see only blurs where the other teacups were.  The dark stranger started to laugh as he turned his face toward her.  She could see only darkness in his face, with one large, dark closed eyelid, no visible nose, no visible mouth.  Yet he laughed and laughed maniacally.  She was on the point of screaming.

“Honey, honey!  Wake up – you’re having a bad dream!”

It was her husband standing before her.  She jumped up from the sofa where she’d fallen asleep.  She put her arms around him and rested her head on his chest.  But far off she heard the faint sound of the dark stranger still laughing.

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(c) Gregory V Driscoll  2012