We lost mum a couple of years ago now but she had lived with dementia for several years before that. As it’s national poetry day I decided to share a poem I’d written.
You know your first name
But not your surname
You know where you feel safe
But don’t know your address.
You recognise your husband
But not your children.
You eat the food you are given
But don’t know what you like to eat.
You know when you are uncomfortable
But don’t know when you want to go to the toilet.
You watch the TV
But have no idea what programme you have just watched.
You smile when you are shown a baby
But have no idea he’s your great grandson.
You drink tea
But don’t know if you take sugar.
You are alive
But you are not living