126. Why I Wake Early

I read poetry

To you 

And your husband

After dinner.

I read from 

Mary Oliver

Why I Wake Early.

She reminds me 

Of you,

The way you taught me

To notice

And love—

Your love 

For nature. 

I read you 

The title poem;

A poem of gratitude

And blessing.

I read you Bones,

A poem of wondering

And wonder.

I read you Bean,

A lesson in virtue.

I finished with 


The impeccable voice

Of our conscience.

These things you gave

To me,

I now give back

To you. 

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.