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Rapid Deterioration
« on: September 12, 2014, 05:05:35 PM »
Rapid Deterioration

The videos show holidays
birthdays and special occasions,
family celebrations and Xmas
from not so long ago.
Her hair has changed,
he once had a moustache
the kidsí teeth have filled the gaps,
their smiles beautiful anyway.

Faculties in absentia signify
witless and doting dementia.
Confusion about the present
where is it, who are you,
what was I looking for?

The indignity of inability
to care for oneself, dependent
on carers and family
when the bread winner, incontinent
canít change their reality.

Yet the minutiae of history
posed neither problem nor mystery
and, in moments of lucidity,
let him be who he was to me.
Thirty-six is so far from senility,
or rather, it should be.
But his smile has slipped away now
and soon he will too.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8509839.stm

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Re: Rapid Deterioration
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
Hi Siobhan,

It's a very touching theme and you have written it in a really, really beautiful way. The chronology of events is amazing.
I liked the mentioning of videos and pictures and the details which is the part that makes it really touching in my opinion.
The first four lines of S4 are the best ones for me.

Thanks for sharing :)

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2014, 05:35:11 PM »
Thanks for looking, rosez. ;) ;)

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 05:40:01 PM »
Well presented, Siobhan.  A timely topic, and great grist for your poetry mill.   8) 8)
You've handled this very well, both the crafting and the humaneness, I love it.
T
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 05:41:03 PM »
Merci, cher. ;)

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 05:47:21 PM »

Harsh subject, good poem. Autism has increased by 10 000%. Baa-lieve it or not.     

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 05:51:10 PM »
The news in the link provided is heartbreaking. The courage and selflessness of Dione and their love for each other are extraordinary. Let all her ambitions be fulfilled!

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2014, 05:55:32 PM »
I know - it's astounding.

I thought the link was needed because such early onset is rare and I didn't want anyone to think I had 'faked' the age in the poem. :-[

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014, 06:11:31 PM »
The incidence is worth reading Siobhan and you have done a wonderful job by showing this rare case of Alzhemer's.

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2014, 06:12:54 PM »
Thanks, rosez. :)

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2014, 11:17:55 PM »
I had no idea this was possible. I can't imagine a worse fate. Not sure I want to thank you for bringing it to attention, but well handled. Frightening and heart-breaking.
"Poetry is not speech raised to the level of music, but music brought down to the level of speech." - Paul Valery