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by J. Allen Wilson
Saturday, February 07, 2004

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One bottle of NyQuil and 19 hours straight without getting out of bed...thus an antihistamine induced write


I danced solo with dementia today,

and she laughed and said that I was…OK,

she said that I shouldn’t worry so much,

that all was going well in “our” private little hell.


When I asked her to explain that last obscure line,

She just grinned a shameless grin, and haughtily said,

that I worry far too much, and that everything would be fine.

She went on to say some more really strange things… and

how that I really should stop chasing those hollow images in my head.

For she reminded me, they are forgotten ghost conjured up from the dead.


I asked her to stop this insanities trip that she has wrought on me,

And to lift these strange dreams and set my weary mind free.

But she just laughed… even harder still, that sent through my blood a chill.

And then eerily, she leaned her body austere next to me,

and placed, her bloodless lips upon mine and said…


“Free, you will never be free, For I am dementia, and I am you,

and you are me…and together we shall be as long as you comfort

in the dark chambers of the boudoir of my mind.”



J. Allen Wilson © 2004

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Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader)
Well I am sure that you must be feeling better to have written this, though it's darkness tells me that it has left a lasting effect on you.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
so sorry you are sick, j.; hope you are feeling in fine fettle SOON! please take care of yourself and get the needed rest!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(

good write!
Reviewed by Linda Hill
I hope you feel better, kind friend..
That ole flu bug can be a pest..

Huggs, *Linda*
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
Allen, NyQuil will do this to your mind! But will any alcoholic beverage if you drink enough of it..besides the taste is better without the added ingredients!
Take two tylenol to break that fever and send Dementia to rest.
Sure hope you get to feeling better soon! Lisa
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Wonderful personification and your intended meaning is not lost on the reader. Thank you for this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Allen I loved this poem because I can identify with it totally, still having traces of my own dementia;-) You said it beautifully! Hope it's gone soon!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
OH Poor Allen it is that season but I hate two things colds and flus Please get well soon...

Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader)
Allen I liked this piece ! I did think it was so insightful, that dance, and he longo spent back and forth, it was eerie, and had distinct taste to it, just well well done, ty a l
Reviewed by jude forese
sometimes dementia can be very comforting ...
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
Hi J.Albert....
I think we;ve all had a visit from Dementia now and then. She comes to ease our physical anquiah and keep us entertained while we're ill. In some way her visits are healing.

great reminder of my flu days. I've never quite thought of being sick in this way but it made me smile.

Great to be here with you tonight.

Love and smiles,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Al, that was fun I needed that laugh, seems I know the feeling you were going thru, fortunately I did not contract that flu this winter, its been about 4 or 5 years since last I got the flu, that bad. Thankfully! Glad you got thru it too...Peace, Ed & Rufuz
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