She Doesn't Know Me Anymore
People With Memory Disorders
For a couple of weeks I've been working with people who have different kinds of memory disorders. Their reality is so different from my reality. Working with these wonderful people have affected me in many ways. In this poem I'm trying to express some of the feelings.
THIS POEM IS NOT ABOUT MY OWN MOTHER. It could be about any mother in the world suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
She doesn't know me anymore
Every time we meet
I have to tell her my name.
I have to tell her that I'm her daughter.
And she looks at me
and her eyes tell me ”maybe I've met you before”.
She doesn't speak anymore.
She can't take care of her hygiene anymore.
She can't hold a spoon anymore.
With some help from me she can take some steps.
She's walking from the bed to the chair.
She's walking from the chair to the bed.
And for the rest of the day
she's sitting in her wheelchair
and she's sleeping in her bed.
She reads my body language.
She claps her hand on the chair.
She enjoys listening to music.
She is still my mother.
It's now been many years since she met
Mr. Alzheimer for the first time.
He has affected her life in many ways
and now there isn't much time left.
Alzheimer's disease took my mother from me
and soon I'm losing her for good.
She doesn't know me anymore.
My mother doesn't even know
her own daughter anymore.
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