Wednesday, February 1, 2017
THE LONG GOODBYE
solitary days, each blurring
into the next in a relentless
procession, leaving her bewildered
and at sea.
She tried desperately
to grasp reality, but it drifted away
as a wisp of smoke from a
midnight campfire disappears
into the dark night.
Bit by bit the pieces of her self
fell away until every face was
new and unfamiliar, and she wandered
the halls of the place that kept her
safe, a little lost soul seeking some
One Spring night she simply slept
away to that better place where
he-who-had-gone-before waited with
open arms. She was, as are we all,
but a blip in the river of time, briefly
rippling its waters.
For those whose lives have ever been touched by that long goodbye called Alzheimer's.
Submitted for Poets United Poetry Pantry, February, 2017.