178. Your Environmental Impact


Disposable gloves

Feminine wipes

And plastic bags.

Clorox wipes

And paper towels.

Soiled clothes, bedding and towels—

The extra loads of laundry.

Wasted, uneaten food.

Daily car rides—


The running water you turn on—

Then don’t turn off.

The things you bought

And didn’t need—

Before we knew. 

The things we need

You threw away—

Without us knowing. 

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.