Monday, May 3, 2010

The Alzheimer Prayer

I came across this poem on Junk Boat Travels written by her aunt who has Alzheimers .  It was so touching, I had to share it..  I had an aunt with Alzheimer's, so it really struck a cord. 

The Alzheimer Prayer

Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,

Forgiveness for my irrationality and the strength

To walk with me into the mist of memory

My world has become.

Please let them take my hand and stay awhile,

Even though I seem unaware of their presence.

Help them to know how their strength

And loving care will drift slowly

Into the days to come just when I need it most.

Let them know when I don't recognize them

That I will. . . I will.

Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me,

For my sorrow, when it comes,

Only lasts a moment, then it's gone.

And finally, please let them know,

How very much their visits mean,

How even through this relentless mystery,

I can still feel their love.

Please click on the link to visit Jake's  post about her beautiful aunt, and the pictures she has posted.

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DJan said...

An absolutely beautiful book written from the POV of the patient, "Still Alice" by Lisa Genove, is well worth reading. I've read it twice now, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Thanks for the poem.

Ann On and On... said...

That is beautifully written. It hurts my heart that some have to live with this terrible disease.

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From the Kitchen said...

Very special. Thank you for sharing. I agree with DJan. "Still Alice" is a wonderful book.


Rachel Cotterill said...

Aww, that's sweet. It brought a tear to my eye.

singedwingangel said...

So beautiful.and true.. they still want to be loved despite lack of memory they feel love and compassion

Jen said...

Really beautiful poem. Left me speechless.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Awww. That was beautiful!

Steven Anthony said...

what a beautiful, heartfelt prayer;)

Rebecca said...

Wow that was amazing. I especially loved the last line. Visits are so special to these people. Such a hard thing to go through! It sadens my heart to watch families go through it.

R.J. said...

Together times are the best times and I'm sure patients with all diseases are cheered by visits. It is such a beautiful poem--thanks for sharing her work.

Brian Miller said...

see now you are giving me heart felt and real. i know a few...

Happy Gramma said...

What a beautiful poem!My father has Alzheimers so I can really relate to this. Thanks so much!

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Kristina P. said...

Oh, I loved this. My grandfather had Alzheimer's. It broke my heart.

Writing Without Periods! said...

What great words. Thank you.

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I agree with DJan..."Still Alice" is the best I've read on this subject. Alz. is in our family. It is a theif of memory and contribution, which our elders had hoped to add to the family in their last years.

The poem here asks us to keep on loving her no matter what state we find her in. Isn't that what we all ask, now or then?

ethelmaepotter! said...

I had to start over after the first stanza - I was expecting something hilarious, in your usual vein, and I thought I had missed something!

Beautiful, truly beautiful. What a devestating disease.

Unknown Mami said...

That is truly beautiful.

Jake said...

Just to clarify, I didn't write this poem, my cousin came across it and had posted in on Facebook. I don't know who the author is, but it is beautiful!


Midday Escapades said...

What a sweet poem. I don't know anyone with the disease, but it sounds like a terrible one.

Laura said...

that was beautiful

my aunt had this disease...its horrible

Wanderlust said...

Oh Eva, this is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Tam said...

thanks...that's beautiful and it made me cry :)

Eva Gallant said...

HappyG: so glad you like it.

Steven: I agree!

Jen: Wow. That is really a first for you!

Marla said...