Alzheimer’s?….for World Alzheimer’s Day


When I look into the mirror, I do not know who I see
For a very confused person just stares right back at me
I sometimes think I know her but I really can’t recall
Did I meet her on the stairway, did I pass her in the hall?

Does she look upon me kindly, does she think I ever knew?
The pleasures, the enjoyment past memories bring to you
I am scared and I am frightened, but don’t know the reason why
My head just starts a whirling, and I just start to cry

I know she cannot help me, although she may want to
My safety and existence must now depend on you
Rising  from my bed, I don’t know if it’s day or night
Before I was so placid, tho’ now I tend to fight

I don’t know who is winning for I can’t count the score
It isn’t of my choosing, I did not want this war
The conflict here within me is raging all the while
I’m angry and I’m frightened, forgotten how to smile

I may have a brief time when I sometimes get a glimpse
I saw my child a while ago, but I haven’t seen her since
I am living with a stranger, although she takes my hand
She says she is my daughter, I just don’t understand

I am weary of this raging, if I could I’d vote for peace
If this is to be my future, please pray for my release.

Glenys Halliday

About the author

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I have always written poetry but when my husband died suddenly I used it as a kind of therapy. I don’t usually share these unless I feel they will help someone in distress. The ones I share are mostly humorous intended to bring a smile in what I feel can be a very lonely world... I have written four booklets and now a Corona chronicles which is just twelve poems writ while I am in jail...oh sorry I meant lockdown. Am on my way for a second booklet.. Trying to make folk smile and take a minutes release from these difficult times helps me forget my sight problems..

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21st Oct 2020
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very touching and insightful poem - what a dreadful disease Alzheimer's is - thank you
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21st Sep 2020
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My mum had this, but thankfully she new my sister & I. I will never forget the pure joy from her when I gave her my granddaughter hold
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Very poignant for today Glenys - thank you for sharing - I will pop it on our Facebook page today as well 🙂

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