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  My Friend's Dissolving
by Regis H. Schilken
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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I have a friend who used to be!
He was brilliant talking history,
Politics, or geography.

He could argue formidably,
The travails of our democracy;
Yet he loved America fiercely.

Today my friend just recognizes me.
But he can’t converse so easily;
His memory’s been stolen, you see.

Alzheimers shrunk his brain away.
"There is no cure; might be delayed"—
So his doctors say;
"New meds slow the cortex’s decay."

He cannot recall a single day;
Confuses his own children’s names,
Yet to me he appears much the same.

Terror must invade his mind,
Coping with a world he cannot find.

Our times together soon might end;
Yet, forever he’ll remain my friend.

But
Now I’m terrified how my fortune’s cast,
Not knowing how long my mind will last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 1/20/2011
That's the thing that concerns me the most as I age....I can stand the diminution fo my physical abilities, but the possibilitym of not being there mentally terrifies me.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/19/2011
I am sure this theme will "strike at home" for many who read your words here, Regis. My father was afflicted with this but only for a short while before he passed on. Still, it was sad to witness. Thank you for sharing. Your compassion for your friend shows. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/19/2011
It is a scary thing that seems to know no boundaries. This poem describes it well.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/19/2011
This is such a terrible disease, I am going through it now with two brother in laws and my mother in law had it for the last three years of her life. I can empathize with you on this loss my friend.
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