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Updated on June 13, 2011

A Poem

It brings her happiness as she sits quietly

Glancing around the lively room, admiring her family,

She is nearing the fragile age of ninety-six and doesn’t recognize the face in the mirror as her own,

So she shrugs her shoulders and shakes her head at time’s evil blight, when she doesn’t even remember that her mother is long gone,

A look on her daughter’s face ignites and sparks a resemblance in her eyes,

So she calls her daughter Mama and reverts back to a simpler time,

It is difficult to watch the recurring pain in her eyes when told once again that her mother is in Heaven

As though it were the first time that those words were ever spoken,

I cannot bear to watch as her shoulders slump and she looks away

So I turn my head because it pains me to see her this way,

I fight back unfriendly tears and wish that I could turn back time

So I can see her playful smile that is now hidden behind her empty eyes,

I know she’s in there somewhere, wanting to say hello

But even I can’t blame her for hiding as I look around at the cheerless nursing home walls,

In pictures she remembers the days of long ago

And laughs as she recalls the stories; her recollection overflows,

It is the present that she runs from; not the happiness of yesterday,

But I just wish that one more time she could remember and call my name,

I pray that she will repay the visit, but wishful thinking isn’t kind

And moments are taken for granted, so I’m left with regret at not cherishing that one last time,

I sit here now with tears in my eyes and cry as I reminisce

And curse her final day - the day after my grandmother turned ninety-six.


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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      very touching -- nicely done

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      c-bless 6 years ago

      Voted beautiful because it was a wonderful ode to your grandmother. I hope she was able to feel your love on her birthday. Thank you for sharing this personal story.

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      Aunt Nancy 6 years ago

      Very beautiful Dana.

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      Joyce 6 years ago

      This was very beautiful. Made me think of my Grandma who

      I miss terribly. You have a true gift!

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Touching story that's so much like many of us have seen with aging loved ones. God bless them all.

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      Denise "Conig" 6 years ago

      You know I was going to read it. It was beautiful but bitter sweet. Thank you Gram will never be fogotten.