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The Tragedy of Dementia

Poetry By: Elton Camp

All that was Lora faded away

Submitted:Feb 7, 2014    Reads: 5    Comments: 2    Likes: 2   

The Tragedy of Dementia

By Elton Camp

What was Lora has faded away
Slowly, inexorably, irreversibly

Competence, intelligence, caring
Lost in a morass of tangled neurons

Unperceived by her in the early stages
Though all-too-evident to her family

"They say I can't drive anymore
I can, but they just won't let me"

Parents she wants to pay a visit
Though dead for decades now

Frustrating confusion interspersed
With a day or so of relative clarity

More and more, growing uncertainty
"Now just who did you say you are?"

Adults claiming to be her children
It can't be true, but they still insist

She stares at one, uncomprehending
"I have a daughter with that name"

To her husband of sixty years duration
"I don't know you, we aren't married"

Finally the end, unmercifully slow
Death enveloped Lora like a fog


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