107. Retail Therapy

You enjoy outings,

And shopping.

Will get in Vickie’s car—

Her cue that you want

To take a ride.


You left early 

And returned late.

You ran Vickie’s errands,

Ate lunch out

And browsed 

A consignment shop.  

Goodwill, Dollar General—

These stores 

You never went in

Are perfect now.

So many things 

To look at

And nothing 

You can break.

You came home 


With two new tops—

The therapy 

Of shopping. 

The Poetry of Dementia is an ongoing project to share my family’s journey with my mother’s illness as a year of moments. We do not know whether my mother will live a full year—or perhaps she’ll live longer. Her dementia has been a bittersweet and beautiful journey that has already taken us places we never imagined. Loving and caring for her at home has fundamentally changed each of us, and daily reminds us to live in the present with love, trust and patience. Click here to read from the beginning.