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Alzheimer's Kiss
by Leysa Lowery

Monday, November 18, 2002
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Yesterday my mother kissed me.
Her soft, dry lips
Pressed against my cheek tenderly.
I couldn’t recall her last kiss.
I must have been
A child, aged maybe five or six.
She’s now the child who needs care.
Sitting alone
In that nursing home’s big green chair.
From a strong family matriarch
She’s fallen to
Alzheimer’s, a mind in the dark.
And amid all her confusion
I hope she knew
It was me, not some illusion,
Who helped her walk, who held her hand,
Who listened while
She struggled so to understand.
Yesterday my mother kissed me.
I think she knew
The person she was kissing was me. 
Copyright 2002

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Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 11/7/2006
I was browsing the den reading and saw this caught my eye, my mother cares for a dear friend of our family who has alzheimer's disease...I often pray for the family for this is such a terrible disease. Your words are beautifully spoken and with so much love and passion for your mother. Beautiful tribute...I am anxious to read more of your work.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Angels Near 11/19/2002
Very touching. I'm sure she knew it was you.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/18/2002
This is so loving and sweet, I'm sure she knew, and even if she didn't know it was you, she knew she is loved.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/18/2002
(((HUGS))) alzheimer's...the cruel thief of our golden years...heartrending! (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 11/18/2002
Very touching and very tragic too. Bill
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 11/18/2002
A very warming and tender write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/18/2002
>tears <
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/18/2002
How loving.
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