Poetry in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Month: “The End of Summer”

 

The End of Summer

 

Clouds hang heavy as damp laundry. I miss

summers at the lake, helping my mother

pin sheets and clothes on the line as mist

rose above the water. In pedalpushers

and sweatshirt, she stood like a goddess Read the rest of this entry »

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Poetry in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Day: “The Chase”

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, and I’m thinking of all those around the world who are living with Alzheimer’s and sending out prayers of comfort. I’d like to share a poem that I wrote about my mother when she was in the middle to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This poem received the Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society.

 

The Chase

 

We’d try to catch her before

she got to the door dressed in layers

of sweaters or nothing at all Read the rest of this entry »


Poetry in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Month: “Child Mother”

 

Child Mother

 

She used to grip the rudder, auburn hair

slicked, cheeks round and pink

as two rubber balls. Duck, she’d yell

when the sail swooped across us, Read the rest of this entry »


Poetry in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Month: “Sewing”

Just wanted to share a special memory of my mother in honor of World Alzheimer’s Month.

 

Sewing

 

When I was six you made a sky

blue dress for me. Your auburn head

bending over the dining room table,

hands tracing tissue paper,

snip snip of scissors

as you shaped the blue. Read the rest of this entry »


Poetry in Honor of World Alzheimer’s Month: “What she doesn’t know”

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, I’m sharing a poem about my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years. This poem was written before her diagnosis. We didn’t understand my mother’s strange behavior, and our family was distraught, so we arranged for her to be admitted to the hospital in hopes of getting some answers.

 

What she doesn’t know

 

Today, as wind pushes dried leaves

from poplars and sky turns to steel,

I say to my mother, Let’s go for a ride. Read the rest of this entry »


A Poem for Father’s Day

Fathers

 

A haze of blue settles over the ocean,

high tide only an hour away.

Sand is soft underfoot, caving

in beneath my steps. Fathers

are heavy on my heart. Read the rest of this entry »


Poetry: How my Father Celebrated Memorial Day

 

This rainy Memorial Day brings back memories of my father. He loved holidays and he loved his family. Here’s a poem that seems to capture his spirit. Read the rest of this entry »