164. Death’s Door

I revised

My life

Plan

Today;

Thought about

After

You’re gone.

How death

Only

announces

The beginning.

So much

History

To catalog

And give

New

Life. 

So much 

About you

To discover.

To uncover

Who you

Were,

Weren’t

And 

Are

To me. 

In your death

This opening door—

And a path

I never saw

Before. 

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.