Alzheimer’s (tanka)

When again the wind

Came to visit its old friend

Golden memories

But they had drifted away

Leaving this now empty shell

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh me, this hits home, so profound.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Hits home for me, too! Excellent job of capturing the nature of the beast.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A terrible way to fade from reality.

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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

This Mad, is your forte.. when you dispense with all flowery detail, and leave the glowing seed of the matter for us to feed on- brilliant, and truly, brillant, I love it! Love yaz, lily

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travmaj 4 years ago from australia

It is indeed tragic - your words are so true -

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europewalker 4 years ago

This poem reminds me of my mom. A sad ending for many. Well done.

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bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

Alzheimers is beyond awful. I think I would rather be dead than lost in my own mind, forgetting all that I am and love. This is beautiful and sad.. Voting up and sharing

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida of the saddest days of my life was when.....

I was faced with the fact my spouse of over 40 years was in the early stages of Dementia, and had always been my "rock"...very sad indeed....

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another great tanka my friend. Enjoy your day.


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wayne barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Such a sad condition. This is very powerful.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Very unselfish of the poet

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Such a horrendous disease! I know several people who have had it and one who is still alive in a nursing home who has it. So sad! You succinctly captured its essence. Voted up and will share.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Phew - this was really quite beautiful.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

beautifully captured, Mhatter.

What more to be said than the above...gosh!

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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Powerful tanka Martin. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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Valleypoet 4 years ago

You said it very well...and captured the tragedy of it

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This touches me too as I know it does many here. Well done.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

The curse of this horrible disease has touched my family. Thoughtful and beautiful..Thank you Martin..

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thank you for reminding us of how terrible it is for anyone having this awful disease and for those who love them.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh it happens all the time.. I can see loved ones fading.. sometimes I am afraid I am fading..



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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Mhatter, this touches us all, and you've brought it home powerfully. Well done.

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Very painful imagery. I salute your creativity.

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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

A touching way to say, and portray something that afeects so many families... Very well said indeed!!!

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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Alzheimer's is such a heartbreaking disease. You captured the loneliness the victims must feel.

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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Martin, thank you for writing about Alzheimer's and doing it in such a gentle way.

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thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Sad, so sad.

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

omg, M..5 lines and i'm almost in tears..

you have such an amazing talent - the highs and the lows..

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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Maybe there will be a cure one day, so people won't be robbed of their minds.

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