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And Soon Time Stood Still
by Rose M Rideout
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I dedicated a poem a while back on the loss of my dear friend Gary Weese, since then his wife has been placed in a home, she doesn't understand what has happened or why. Kay's Alzheimers has gotten worst and she doesn't remember who Gary is and ask has she done something wrong because she knows this is not her familiar surroundings. I feel when I speak to her and the way she looks at me, inside she wants to let me know she remembers but don't know how to communicate. I guess this is what I feel. My heart breaks at the thought of a terrible illness that can so quickly steal what is yours and yours alone.

And  Soon Time Stood Still
November 4, 2008
Written By: Rose Marie Rideout

I remember as though it were yesterday,
That smile you shared so willingly.
 Then it faded as you became ill,
We knew,  soon time will stand still.

I remember well as you shared,
Your fears of what was to come.
We cried together at what was  to be,
We would always know, you and me.

Time too quickly passed by,
Here you are alone today,
Not knowing where this place is,
or understanding the reasons why.

Almost as though it’s some dark corner,
of the unknown with a lost fill.
Something from the fearing past,
As I watch you and soon time stood still.

That glimmer in your eyes,
As you watch me when I speak to you,
It hurts me deep in my heart as I feel ill,
For the pain I feel, as time stood still.

Robbed of my love and fond memories,
Stolen are my family & my life.
Saddness and fears have struck me,
Stolen my rights as friend, mother & wife.

God has taken my husband home,
Now I am left here all alone,
I don’t understand why I am ill,
Or why so soon time stood still.


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Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/15/2008
Tears and sorrow Rose. This is not the way a life should end.
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 11/14/2008
That disease is such a sad one because it takes away you from your family and the ones you love. I hope that one day they will have a cure for this disease. So many loved ones are left out because the patient doesnt remember them and they feel the pain. A very good work.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 11/6/2008
I can not begin to tell you how this moving poem has affected me. My father suffers with Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. Just today, my mother was diagnosed with the same. I am her caregiver and my heart breaks knowing what is ahead for her and for those of us who love her. I know, all too well, the feelings you express and I know the blankness in their eyes and the sadness in their hearts and I pray for your friend and all who suffer, that they find a cure for this devastating disease. God bless you for sharing your heart ~ Elizabeth
Reviewed by Marion Burton (Reader) 11/6/2008
Hi Sis,Kay is so lucky to have a friend like you.This poem is beautiful,it is so touching.Alzheimers has got to be the worst thing fo anyone to have,because you lose so much ,and i know it has to be very hard on all the family knowing that their is nothing that they can do to really help this person.Indeed time does stand still.My heart goes out to her and her family.I will pray for her.Your poem was very well written.
Love Marion
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/6/2008
Rose I'm so deeply sorry about your friends. Your poem touched me, beautifully and poignantly penned.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/5/2008
Superb poem on the topic Rose! You should know there is no way to communicate with Alzheimers, just be yourself as you were with her before, and that's the best you can do. My prayers go out to her and bless you for being there.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/5/2008
SUch a sad and heartbreaking write. A tribute that touches the heart.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/4/2008
so very sad--well written and expressed
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/4/2008
After having the pleasure of meeting these fine people through you Rose and knowing how much love you had for them my heart now goes out to you. Also knowing the affects of Alzheimers makes me understandt thia write all too well...

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/4/2008
My heart goes out to you Rose. My mom was clutching in her fists two door knobs stating she could never let them go as they were her two children. Yet when visiting, she could not even recognize us and would almost react in a frightened manner. I can tell you it is a heartbreaking tragedy that you keep reliving in your mind. Very difficult situation and so sad to watch as someone slips away and there is nothing you can do. You truly are a brave soul filled with light, compassion and love....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 11/4/2008
Heartbreaking. So sad that people's mind and memories are wiped clean. God bless you, Rose for you insight and compassion. Liz
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 11/4/2008
Sad write, Rose! No one really knows how much an Alzheimer patient can remember. They might not remember certain events and things in the past, but surely the people that they see everyday, and the surroundings that they're in everyday, they can continue to remember. Perhaps not the names of the people, but they remember the faces that love them and give them comforts. How can people think that if an Alzheimer patient doesn't remember the person's name means that they don't remember them? It's just the names they forgot, but not the faces they are familiar with. There's a difference there.

A thought-provoking compassionate write, and filled with lovely sentiments!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Linda Law 11/4/2008
This tribute is touching and too realistic. I've lost several close friends to this disease...and it is so sad to watch. You are a good friend. lindalaw
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/4/2008
Very sad. To have to antcipate the fate of a loved one is so hard. You've penned this beautifully.

Reviewed by Southern Comfort 11/4/2008
So very touching, written with the compassion of an Angel! HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Morning Star 11/4/2008
OMG this is benevolent tribute to a dear friend
Rose Alzheimer's is an cruel illness that
Robbed a person of their memories and
Of everything and everyone that you known and loved
Making time stand still!!
Your words captured such beautiful deep emotions!
Stunning sentiment!
Peace Love and Light...Morning Star

Reviewed by John Coppolella 11/4/2008
Anger, pain and depression are common emotions associated with the frustrations of this life. Know that he is in the Father's hand now, Rose.

My heart goes out to you, and your dear friend's widow, Kay. Tragic.

In support of Sandie May Angel-Joyce's review:
Former President Ronald Reagan, an Alzheimer's victim, received a visitor at his ranch after his retirement from public life. "Nancy, I know that man, he is a VERY famous man," He said puzzled as to his guest's identity. It was his former Secretary of State, George Schultz!

Link to current research article on Alzheimer's Disease, abbreviated AD, I swear:

Rockie Coppolella

PS Hope you are recovering well from your fall. Keep the faith!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/4/2008
Alzheimer's is a cruel and unforgiving illness; I feel sorry for those who have to deal with it! God be with them and their loved ones!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 11/4/2008
With no history, no memories time would stand still...standing alone in time...Great tribute Rose
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/4/2008
An extraordinary and compassionate tribute to a friend, time maybe as come to a stand still, but so long she had friends like Rose she will be never alone, even if she didn't recognize or remember who we are.


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