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A Struggle
by Paul Berube

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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This poem is dedicated to my father who had Alzheimer's.

The flow of creation decreases.
Can time replenish it?
Yearning for creativity increases,
and longing for pieces to fit.

With subject matter always there,
and description hidden from view...
Somehow it really isn't fair,
that the puzzle is left askew.

In younger days, with sharper mind,
a phrase went not unsaid.
Compelling thoughts were easy to find,
and resources never bled.

The years have taken many toll,
and hindered you that way...
Search to find your one true goal,
never went astray.

You fought to keep a dream alive,
and most importantly...
For dedication is what you strive,
a legacy given me.

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Reviewed by Jackson Aniefiok 1/28/2009
good writings... an inspirations
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 1/31/2008
Heart felt memoir your Dad. Beautiful.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/29/2008
What a beautiful tribute you've written here to your father. Touching, Paul, in every way.
Reviewed by Janice Beaty Hamilton 1/18/2008
A beautiful eloquently written tribute to a true dad and father... of which I had neither. You are blessed.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/23/2007

I worked at a nursing home on the Alzheimer's unit when I was a teenager. It's a heartbreaking disease. One woman had to be told everyday that her husband had passed on. (Because she would ask almost every day.) I hated to see her go through that agony each time. On good days, when she didn't ask, she would put on her lipstick and flirt with the men. Such a card! Those people will always have a place in my heart; they battle something that can't be controled, plus old age. A beautiful dedication to your father; I'm sure he looks down now with pride, Alzheimer's-free. My grandmother-in-law has Alzheimer's, and its crushing when they no longer recognize you. You can tell by their expression that they want to so bad! A lovely poem that pulls on my heartstrings:)

Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/31/2007
A very nice and effective form and great choice of vocabulary to express thoughts on creativity, writing and the changes that occur throughout one's life.


Reviewed by Debra Baker 4/20/2007
Beautiful Paul, the way you express shining love in a beautiful sense of saddness. Yet, the beauty overshines the pain. You are a fabulous Writer.
Reviewed by Rose Loya 2/12/2007
Beautiful, sad, your love shines though the pain.
Bless you,

Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/8/2007
BEautiful Sad Tribute piece about your dad Paul
This is gripping and I hope they find a cure!
My heartfelt prayers is with you and he!
I hope he doing better, and trying to see and read more
at his fingertips, to strengthen his mind/etc.
God Bless!

Warmest Blessings and Warmer HuGs, Warrior Sheeeooxx
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 3/8/2005
What a tender tribute!
Reviewed by Charleen Burge (Reader) 3/31/2003
So sad, my father-in-law had alzheimers also, it is such a horrible way to have to live. It is so sad!
Reviewed by Paul 3/19/2003
A brave piece of writing when it is in tribbute one as close as your Dad who you once knew and had to then see in such a helpless state .
God bless you .
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/19/2003
well done
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 3/19/2003
It is a huge struggle...they still love you the same :) Nicely written...Teresa
Reviewed by the phantom pheonix 3/19/2003
Alzeimhers is a cruel disease but you did a wonderful job on this wonderful nice tribute to your father
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/19/2003
(((HUGS))) alzheimers is a cruel disease...and i'm sorry for your loss...very moving, sad write...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/19/2003
Having cared for several with this terrible brain snatcher, I know some of what you experienced. A loving remembrance of him Paul, superbly done...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/19/2003
This is a lovely tribute to your father.
Alzheimers is a tragic disease, for it is full time caretaking of a loved one. I hope one day there is found a cure for this disease that ravages whole families. How wonderful you were there to help.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/19/2003
wonderful tribute to a good man
Reviewed by Trixie Love 3/19/2003
Oh Paul,
My heart goes out to
you and your family.

After my mother passed
away, My father came
to live with me...
For eight years...
Until he passed away
so peacefully in his
sleep. "at home."

He suffered from the
same tragic disease..
It was so difficult
to watch him slip away...

So I do understand your pain...

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 3/19/2003
What a wonderful tribute to a good man.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 3/19/2003
Oh Paul,,,a wonderful tribute to your Father. I know he has read over and over your words to him. And I'm sure he smiles every time! Great heart I see in this,,,Lisa
Reviewed by George 3/19/2003
FLORIA HERE sorry...I knew it was you but I also knew Chad was right under you with a poem and he was next...kind of going down the line...Paul this was very heartfelt..Floria
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 3/19/2003
Chad....I am so sorry...My mother is struggling with this illness now...a truly horrible illness that robs the mind of wonderful memories...You did great with this one..Floria
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/19/2003
Very touching tribute to your father.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 3/19/2003
My friend, I have worked with
Alzheimers patients for years.
I've worked in a nursing home
and also home care. I KNOW what
you went through and I offer my
condolences. I have watched brilliant
minds stolen from them by this dreaded
disease. Most of my work consisted of
caring for Alzheimers patients. This is
a beautiful tribute and I know your dear
father is smiling down on his loving son.
Reviewed by Christine Morell 3/19/2003
A beautiful and very touching tribute to your father. I echo what Candy says.
...and he was obviously a very special person.
Reviewed by C. Gourlay (Reader) 3/19/2003
i can only imagine how difficult it must be for a son to witness his father deteriorate in this way. a very moving piece - thank you for sharing it.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 3/19/2003
Very touching, I have seen so many struggle and then just slip away.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/19/2003
This was a beautiful tribute to your father, So heartbreaking to watch someone suffer from this terrible disease,

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