Tears roll down her sunken cheeks

Sorrow falls from all she seeks


Where have they gone?


Silent weeping, full of dread

Photos stand beside her bed


No longer mean a thing.


Recollections of a lifetime friend

She cannot comprehend


What was her name again?


Misplaced images, shapeless faces

Times past gone, she embraces


Within a puzzled mind—


Unsure of the man beside her lies

Sleep won’t come to heavy eyes


Why can’t she remember?


Dark hours bring loss and sadness

Barely surviving utter madness


Tortures a baffled mind.


Laughter echoes through the day

Someone brought a big bouquet


Who was that nice young man?


Foreign words, vague identities

Now she speaks obscenities


Unable to say things clear—


Caring physicians calm her protests

Guide her through painless tests


Why can’t she tell the time?


Rejecting yet another embrace

To just become another face


Mirrored in her children’s eyes.


© Chrissy Siggee


This poem is dedicated to those who suffer from dementia
and for family members who find themselves forgotten.

19 thoughts on “Lost

  1. This is so sad! I’m very forgetful and always tell my husband I’m so afraid I will one day have alzhimers. My biggest fear is not recognizing my children. My heart goes out to the families that go through this.

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