by Deborah Russell
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
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She asks if I would like to paint a pear.
I am the patient, she is the art director.
In the mind of Alzheimers, we switch roles;
the patient is compliant, pliable like clay
melting in sunlight; smiling, seems happy -
not knowing right from left. . .
I am patient with the patient - she reaches
for the brush, the paint. With her right hand
she dips, dips, dips, dips the tip of her brush in water.
I guide her hand to the paint; yellow pot, then red.
She dips into yellow, yellow, yellow - red, red, red...
I remember Lake Ashi. On the right bank - the Tori
and a red boat suspended in smoky mist.
The water; swish, swash, swish, swash, swish.
Deborah Russell © 2007
("Memories In The Making", an art program developed
for Alzheimer patients.)
Image: Conceptions, Deborah Russell, © 1996 ( CAGES, © 1996, a cultural arts journal.
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|Reviewed by Art Sun
|Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
|This is beautiful, I am intrigued with the art program for alzheimers patients, sounds like a wonderful program, I love the name of the program...memories in the making. My mom is is the caretaker for a dear and lovely friend of our family who has alzheimers disease, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles. Wonderful write, sounds like a wonderful program for a great cause.