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A Glimpse of the Man I Was
by Darrell and Kathy Adams

Saturday, February 02, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Alzheimers and old age dimentia seem to touch all of our lives in some way. For me it was a member of our family who was always a leader, smart and competent and sharp. It is a misery for all. Mostly for the one for whom everything is changing in an alarming way.

A Glimpse of the Man I Was

 

Where is my dignity and whereís my self respect?

What did I do with those words, like weapons I used to fling about?

Why does everyone want to run my life as if I would neglect

To wash my clothes or pay my bills or take my garbage out?

 

Iíve spent a lifetime working and earning my esteem.

Iíve been the money machine and wise man for my familyís welfare.

And when they needed help or advice it was here they came, to me.

Year after year and day after day I kept my life fair and square.

 

Now I have short little women telling me what I should eat.

I have children I raised trying to do for me like I cannot do,

And worst of all this little voice inside my head that tells me

Theyíre right and Iím scared because I no longer see my way through.

 

Now and then I catch a glimpse of the man I used to be

And then just before it begins to make sense that I could feel control,

The image jumps and I catch a glimpse of the man that now I see.

A curtain closes over my thoughts left in limbo, dark and cold.

 

I deserve some respect and I demand my due!

I donít deserve this confusion, this stripping of my worth.

I have contributed so much to the life Iíve lived through.

Please, understand, have patience.  This is my hell on earth.

 

Kathy Adams

 

 

 
 
 


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Reviewed by John Leko 2/4/2008
...of one...a mirror with a beveled edge...and reflection of two...one familiar and one unknown on the edge...who needs understanding.
well done Kathy...
John
Reviewed by Tina Millner 2/2/2008
WEll expressed Kathy. Better than Confusion. You are fast becoming my model. Keep it up girl.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 2/2/2008
You show much compassion and understanding Kathy, it can happen to all of us, it's a big burden for you and the one that was, and still is, a Prayer and Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/2/2008
Kathy,

Alzheimers is devastating: not only for the one suffering, but for his or her family as well. A slow, lingering death ... powerfully penned sadness, the unraveling of dignity ...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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