143. Jekyll & Hyde

You were particularly

Unpleasant today

For one trying half hour.

Pushing

And hitting,

You called me

Stupid, mean and ugly.

Told all of us

To get away.

You snarled,

Taunted and mimicked—

Not even the dog 

Was exempt. 

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.