124. Your Good Side

Your husband 

Helped you rise

From the couch.

He gave you his arm

And made a show

Of gallantly escorting you

To the table.

You smiled

And asked—

“Are you trying 

To get on my

Good side?”

He laughed,

“Well yes,

I am.”

You told him,

“It’s not an



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.