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Dementia’s nightly visits (free verse)

Shadow people - hypothetic - deviant art
Shadow people – hypothetic – deviant art

Shadows blur my vision
cast darkness on my thoughts
who are they?
what are they?
Am I growing old?
senility down the road?

Maman, is this
how it all began?
silent shadows casted
on my path,
first at night
when I am sleeping
sneaky and sly
so no one will see
only ingrain
in my feeble mind.
shadows at night
howling in silence
laughing and mocking
into senescence…

At first there`s only one
a silent shadow
I thought my angel
but it had an eerie
feel about it
could not be an angel
and then more intrude
pretending to come for tea

Maman, what was it like
for you in the dead of night
when you phoned me
you really weren`t kidding
someone was really there!

Forgive me, Maman,
I see them now
I hate their visits
I stay awake to ward
them away
and still they invade
my mind, my soul,
and my sanity.

(c) Tournesol ’14-11-08

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A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

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