a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

They loved and loved each other
with all their heart and mind
Their children thought
That their love could never end
as husband and wife.

But one day his memory failed
He could not remember
this woman, kissing him
and greeting him – “Good morning”.
So sad to be surrounded by strangers
even by this stranger, his own wife.

His mind went black
and his past, present and future
no longer bore some colors
From a short walk outside
He could not find his way home.

But his wife continued to greet him
and love him each morning
and evening, even feeling the pain
and loneliness to be left alone.
March 10, 2017

Dedicated to those who have loved ones, diagnosed with different levels of dementia.

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