Dementia: A Poem by Francis Leggett

Francis Leggett By Francis Leggett, 31st Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This page includes a poem I wrote about Dementia as I have witnessed it.


A proud and perfect posture,
slumps through the weight of time,
but what is lost in image,
is twice as much in mind,
surrounded by your loved ones,
thinking you'd be proud,
but your lonely eyes glazed over,
like a stranger in a crowd,
the family you once worshipped,
as the centrepiece of life,
fall from your mental radar,
and plummet into strife,
with happiness an afterthought,
forgotten like the rest,
a single lasting memory,
leaves a warmth within your chest.

As every day blurs into one,
to your final memory you hold on,
in fear that soon it will be gone.

By Francis Leggett


Alzheimers, Alzheimers Disease, Care, Care Givers, Care Home, Dementia, Elderly, Life, Life Experience, Poem, Poetry

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I will mainly be using wikinut in order to post poems I have written.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Dementia is a painful thing to witness, thanks for your poem sharing your experience.

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author avatar Francis Leggett
1st Jan 2014 (#)

You're very welcome. After working on dementia units for ten years, it's a nice way to express how such a powerful illness effects the sufferer and those around them. Thanks for your comment :)

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