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Lady Regret
by Felix LeRoy Perry
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Dedicated to all the lonely people out their neglected by their families. Families who believe that once their relatives are placed in a nursing home they can forget about them until the reading of the will...


 

 

Lady Regret

 

Sitting lost in the confines of her mind

Her self-shackled regrets in soft chain

Old tepid promises stored in her heart

So she can review them now and again

 

 

In a rocking chair in the common room

Staring at the well-worn book in her lap

Memorized verse but...still needs to feel

Before closing eyes for afternoon nap

 

 

Summer tea is always served at three

As visiting hour guests come and go

But she sits day after day there alone

Trace of smile she wears just for show

 

 

The nurse brings her a pill for her pain

Dry, cracked lips on a gray plastic cup

Lets her retreat to her garden of youth

From a mind that one day had enough…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 5/15/2012
this is touching and with a transient society today, it can be harder for generations to be near.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/14/2012
As I visit people in nursing homes, I see this. It breaks my heart. I enjoy visiting with the ones you speak of and listening to their stories.

Jane
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/13/2012
You stole my heart with this one Cuz. It happens all too often.

Love ya face Cuz Hugs XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by Richard King 5/12/2012
A very touching write about something to which we all can relate,,,, EVENTUALLY!!!!. Dick
Reviewed by jude forese 5/11/2012
strange how "civilized" society views its elderly ... native Americans respected the wisdom of the elderly ... in those cultures the elderly were the main caretakers of children, for they have patience and knowledge while the parents were out hunting and gathering ...

sad, effective poem, Felix ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/11/2012
So very sad. We've lost respect for so many things these sad days, including the elderly.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/10/2012
This brings tears to my eyes...such people exist !???? my heart pained after reading this
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/10/2012
This dear Lady sould be drinking out of a china tea cup instead
of a grey plastic. My heart aches. Tremendous write
Fe for this is the truth that you expressed so well.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 5/10/2012
My oldest duaghter has spent 10 years working in facilities like this, loving, and caring for all the residents, and it is more than heartbreaking. I Would never do this to my elderly parents, unless they had to be medically cared for daily through serious illness, and then they wouldnt be left to stare into space...As a kid I would always go to my grandies on school breaks, they lived independant right up till the last 3 years of His life, and it worked pretty well, sadly not all are so fortunate. For many, Death is a kind release. Those who jokingly say, "be good to your children, they will chose ur retirement village" hmmm it's no joke, Ty Fee for bringing to light one of societies greatest shame!!
:) Cherry
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/10/2012
A deeply moving write Laura
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/10/2012
Fe,
a very sad but true poem. luckily none of my parents or grandparents had to endure this at the end of their much filled lives, hopefully neither will I.
Budd
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/10/2012
This I can feel quite strongly, even though my age is not yet the time to go into a "home", because I used to drive for a transport service & see some folks like these u speak of...at the time I didn't think anything of it, but as I get older I feel so badly for those folks...my friend Rene has an aunt in her nineties that the family took away from Rene and placed in a NH and she is now so lonely & ready for death...such a sad write this one is, Fee...but thank you for writing it...it needs to be said and viewed...e
Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo 5/10/2012
Fee: She reminds me of a lady I wrote a poem about who also was left behind and cried everyday for her family to come and visit and show her compassion. Thank you for sharing this and reminding all of us the importance of family even when we age. Compassion, respect and dignity is all we ask for when we age.

God Bless You,
Deborah
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/10/2012
haunting and so sad--well expressed reminder for us all!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/10/2012
Lonely, long days, everybody should have somebody~
Reviewed by D. Vegas 5/10/2012
Fee, It's true and yes, it is sad! This is why animal visits are important!

Always,
Deborah
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/10/2012
Fee. what a tender poem. Yes the forgotten ones...how sad. I hope I am never a forgotten one.

Much peace, love and light,

Amber



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