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Alzheimer's
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Reposted, as a favor to MG - God bless you. :(

Image (c) 2007, Karla Dorman


ancient visages of ghosts
wander the haunted attics
of his mind
dragging chains of memories
made rusty by time's passage
down the stairs
i yell at them to "shut up!!"
as he yammers in their voice
he flinches
it's as if i have slapped him
he dances with alzheimer's
... . ... i'm ashamed ... . ...

(c) 2005, Karla Dorman

 

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Reviewed by Debra Kraft 5/16/2008
Powerful. Well done.
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 3/19/2008
A terrible disease..you have captured the both the horror and the sadness. My best friends parents both had Alzheimers...it breaks so many hearts...Love, Diana.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/19/2008
Karal this is a heart wrenching write...
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 3/18/2008
Karla,
I especially love the beginning of this poem; powerful metaphor! I worked on an Alzheimer's unit in a nursing home. My heart broke every time one of the women asked about her husband. The nurses had to gently remind her that he was dead if they couldn't distract her from the question. How horrible...to see her relive that pain daily. Fine poem indeed! Love and Hugs~
Sheila
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/18/2008
Karla, you have done an exceptional job writing about the illness. The other night on the news there was a report that more and more people under age 60 are falling victim to its wrath.

Peace,
Dan
Reviewed by Rebecca Russell 3/17/2008
A dreadful disease and a tragic poem. You've touched my heart. Rebecca
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/17/2008
How a disease can just take over our body and mind, robb us from all we desire. It tears me apart Karla to see others with this. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/16/2008
Alzheimer's is indeed a robber and a ghost... a nerve and mind-nibbling stalker. Who can fathom it, from either outside or within. Those with the grace to reach out and hold the person undergoing such alarming change and disorientation is to be lauded indeed. I can feel the pain on both sides here. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Michael Guy 3/16/2008
Well, I don't know the person you're referring to, but I the know the A. disease well, as I cared for my Dad (mostly at home) the last years of his battle with A. And it is truely how you describe in your stark, concise style. And I too, was ashamed at times how I reacted under stress - it is all part of the horrible telescoping of it - but in the end God will intervene when it is too much for all - and Death is welcome at that point in this disease.
Strength and love to you (you'll need it) michael
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 3/16/2008
What an awful disease! Your poem is amazing and heartfelt, beautiful job!
Reviewed by John Leko 3/16/2008
chains...and lost links Karla...hoping to come together one day.
John
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/16/2008
Most powerful Karla!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/16/2008
Stark reality of what this disease is like! Powerful,Karla!
Thanks for reposting,your loving friendship and care
for MaryGrace!
Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 3/16/2008
Karla, this is so short and powerful and beautifully sad...as you know I am dealing with Alzheimer's in my family and it gets harder every day. I have much to feel ashamed of some days too. I try to be patient. I struggle. We can share our shame and our love and good intentions, yes? btw. the imagery was outstanding.

be well and happy,
Kathy
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/16/2008
Seems like the nightmares are taking over the storms, and lightning, and twisters and...
I hope you have good memory for faces because there are no mirrors around.

Georg
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 3/16/2008
Such a frustrating disease. I have felt those same effects..My best friend's dad is suffering with Parkinsons and Alzheimers..double whammy.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/16/2008
Such a powerful piece, Karla. And our thoughts and prayers are with MaryGrace as well.
Reviewed by Nicky Goodman 3/16/2008
Hi Karla -Scrooge came to mind in these lines, and that feeling of being so ungenerous because someone is irritating - you penned it succinctly whereas i wrote a huge rambling unpostable anywhere thing when i had a drunk man under the balcony screaming all night various racist obscenities - that last line -i felt that too, the desire to chuck a bucket of water over him was averted!-only when i realised that he was also not well. Alzheimer's needs carers with buckets of patience and humour, and emotional strength - my granny had it,i think/hope her carers had this - good poem Karla xx
Reviewed by Charlie 3/15/2008
Really great imagery and analogy. --Charlie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/15/2008
well expressed--
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/15/2008
"Dragin chains of memories" / What a memorable line, you paint the words of pain, like with a surgeons knife. Hugs and Love!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 3/15/2008
There are many diseases in our society in need of a cure --- Cancer and Alzheimer's are near, if not at, the top; end stage renal disease is one, near and dear to my heart and something my family deals with every day.

Thanks for re-posting this poem and best wishes to MaryGrace.

Jill
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/15/2008
Indeed, there must be a cure for it soon, they are so close...
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/15/2008
Dear Karla , Thanks so much for reposting this poem . Its words have haunting clarity and vision that enable the reader to see what is happening. I dread the road ahead of me , and still pray a miracle cure will be found soon....MaryGrace
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/15/2008
Heartbreaking: Alzheimer's is a cruel, insidious disease that must be horrific for both who suffer from it and their caregivers! God bless them as they navigate this hard journey together! Very powerful pen; brava, Karla!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/15/2008
You talkin' about me again, huh . . .
Reviewed by Bonnie May 3/15/2008
Oh I love the way you put things and the way you mind thinks. I never thought of alzheimers and chains but now it will be hard not to. Great poem, sad topic. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Cryssa C 3/15/2008
What a way you have with words... showing us the chains of alzheimers...
Cryssa
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 3/15/2008
This poem grips the heart haunting images although it is reality.
Dear MaryGrace our heart just pour out concerning her health.

Thanks Karla for posting this,
Hugs Gwendolyn




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