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The Man with the Caring Heart
by Annabel Sheila

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In the last few years of my Mother-in-law's struggle with dementia, I watched my husband, her son, try so desperately to cope with losing his mother long before she passed....


His arm draped across her shoulders
He’d gently guide her along,
Holding her close and smiling
While he hummed her favourite song.
The blankness in her timid gaze
Broke his heart in two,
But he’d hide the pain behind his smile
It was all that he could do.
On the bench beneath the old oak tree
He’d sit right next to her
Taking her hand and holding it snug
Remembering all they were.
He’d look up to the heavenly sky
And without a single sound
He’d pray to God when tomorrow came
She’d still be around.
There they’d sit, mother and son
So close yet a world apart,
She had no idea who he was
The man with the caring heart.
© Annabel Sheila
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Reviewed by Asa Seeley 10/30/2012
touched my heart...deep. a fine work. thank you

Reviewed by Joy Hale 9/28/2012

WOW!! This poem really tugs at the heartstrings, is laid out well and told so succinctly that you draw the reader into the scene played out, feeling that one is there observing the valiant son whose mother doesn't even recognize him. We would all want to have such a son if we were in the same shoes as this woman. A wonderful, caring poem that has your signature on it, as many others you have posted do also. Bravo! Your talent is awesome!!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/26/2012
he gave light to her days as she did his, a very nice tribute to both
Reviewed by Laura Fall 9/26/2012
Truly a heartfelt and touching write written so tenderly laura
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 9/26/2012
The sensitivity in the author of this poem is every bit as poignant as the content of the poem itself. These lines could well be lyrics to a ballad, but it would need to be some pretty stunning music to match the finishing lines: "She had no idea who he was/The man with the caring heart." Your description holds marvelous visuals -- "Taking her hand and holding it snug" and "He'd look up to the heavenly sky" A lovely piece of writing, Annabel. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/26/2012
What a gem this is! A beautiful expression of a son's love.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/26/2012
Brings a tear to my eye....
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 9/26/2012
You have expressed this so so much emotion defining a tribute and the love shared in a great loss not knowing if she somehow still was aware of those around her.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 9/26/2012
So beautiful written. Aging can bring heartache yet it brings out the best in others as well. Perhaps there are lessons here.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 9/26/2012
So sad and such a loving tribute to your husband as both a good man and a good son. Beautifully written, my friend.
Your friend; Mark
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/26/2012
So very heartfelt, Annabel.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 9/26/2012
Heartbreaking. 'Nuff said.

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