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Alzheimer’s (tanka)

Updated on February 20, 2013

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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      Deb Hirt 5 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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      Karen Silverman 5 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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      thost 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Sad, so sad.

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      Linda Crist 5 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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      Live To Write 5 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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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Very painful imagery. I salute your creativity.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

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

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

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

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Powerful tanka Martin. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautifully captured, Mhatter.

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Phew - this was really quite beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 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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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Very unselfish of the poet

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      Wayne Barrett 5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Such a sad condition. This is very powerful.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Another great tanka my friend. Enjoy your day.


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      kjforce 5 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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      bizarrett81 5 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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      europewalker 5 years ago

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

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      It is indeed tragic - your words are so true -

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 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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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A terrible way to fade from reality.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh me, this hits home, so profound.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper