Her brain lingers.
Tries to recall the thread.

But she’s stuck.
Can’t remember.

Her tongue fumbles.
Later she excuses herself saying

My brain , , , it
these days
. . . stuck
on the
last good
we – – –

But that was in 2017.
He’ll visit again tomorrow.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for global poets. Today the word to use in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title, is linger. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

19 thoughts on “Dementia

  1. Linda Lee Lyberg September 20, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    Lillian, this is filled with such poignancy and longing. You’ve captured the emotions so well.

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    • lillian September 20, 2021 / 3:46 pm

      I’m fortunate not to have faced this devastating disease with any of my family. But several of my friends have faced this with one or more parent. So very hard.

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      • Linda Lee Lyberg September 20, 2021 / 3:49 pm

        Yes, it truly is such a devastating disease.


  2. Gillena Cox September 20, 2021 / 3:37 pm

    Sad what Dementia does to us humans

    Have a good week



  3. Beverly Crawford September 20, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    Such truth here. My mother tried so hard to stay in touch. I saw a note written on her wall calendar on a day long past “This is today”. I was overwhelmed with sadness.


  4. Dora September 20, 2021 / 4:28 pm

    Loved the sense of humor in this one: bittersweet but hopeful I’d say,


  5. RedCat September 20, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    This is sad and full of longing. Dementia is so sad to experience up close, how sad and bewildered the sufferer seem. Lost somewhere outside of time as they previously knew it.
    My maternal grandmother is said to have had Alzheimer (they didn’t diagnose it back then) and the few memories I have of her have always made me fear inheriting it.


  6. revivedwriter September 20, 2021 / 7:04 pm

    😦 Sad but beautifully written. Effective use of ellipses.


  7. Grace September 20, 2021 / 8:05 pm

    How sad but beautifully captured Lillian.


  8. lynn__ September 20, 2021 / 8:42 pm

    Oh, Lillian, my heart is in my throat…both my mother-in-law and my father passed of Alzhiemers’ dementia


  9. Tricia Sankey September 20, 2021 / 9:22 pm

    My grandmother suffered from dementia, I feel your words! 💕


  10. Ingrid September 21, 2021 / 1:08 am

    Such a heartbreaking disease, robbing us of our memories and personality, and robbing loved ones of their loved ones. Well described, Lillian.


  11. merrildsmith September 21, 2021 / 6:00 am

    So, sad. I’m glad it’s not about your parents, Lillian.


  12. Xan September 21, 2021 / 9:19 am

    This is so moving, and your use of the punctuation marks gives exactly the feeling.


  13. paeansunplugged September 21, 2021 / 12:30 pm

    This can be so hard. I have seen family members suffering. Very poignant write.


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