adult child grief, Illness, Poems and Reflections, The Road Less Traveled

My Everything (Alzheimer Poem)

by Brenda Houck

Do not ask me to remember
Don’t try to make me understand
Let me rest and know you’re with me
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I’m confused beyond your concept
I am sad and sick and lost
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me
Do not scold or curse or cry
I can’t help the way I’m acting
Can’t be different though I try.

Just remember that I need you
That the best of me is gone
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me until my life is done.

I didn’t ask for this affliction,
I didn’t want this day to come
Though I sensed my soul was leaving
As my body began to roam

Hold me when I start to tremble,
When I stare away so far.
Only you can bring me comfort,
Though I may not know who you are.

When my life is over
And your normal days return
Know how much I loved you
And how much you really learned.

About life and death and sickness
And the pain that each can bring
Know you were my angel,
You were my everything.

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