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November 2006 Poets Page

Poetry by Hetty Nassau-Austen

A celebration of poetry written by members and friends of the MuseItUp Club. Submissions are invited for this page.*

 

 

 

Remembering to Forget

(Finding a way through Alzheimer’s.)

 

 

Table, chair, bed;
basics of survival.
Pictures hang indifferent,
on pale green walls.
Standing by the window,
sunlit silhouette,
a woman stares in silence,
mind in neglect.

Turns around slowly;
gentle, even, breathing.
Regards me, incurious,
with a small, polite smile.
No need to ask
in our awkward embrace;
grieving, stranger-person,
reflected in her face.

Table, chair, bed;
no recognition.
Recollection broken,
love-connection dead.
Search for identity
in blank, confused eyes.
Communication sought,
in a sweet surprise.

Offer her a chocolate,
knowing her acceptance,
tempting her to taste
its velvet salvation.
Pop it in her mouth,
needing no permission
for the soft, sweet centre
of a moment's remission.

One by one, taken.
Enjoying her enjoyment.
Needing resurrection
between two hearts.
With each one eaten,
recognition found,
as they stain the tongue
that no longer makes sound.

Now, when I visit,
trying to forget
the growing regret
of a slow separation,
I always remember
to bring her a treat;
even in death's bitterness,
redemption is sweet.

 

 

 Hetty Nassau-Austen

 

 

 

* Send poetry submissions to underamuse@yahoo.com.au .

Please include the words “Muse Marquee Poetry Submission” in the subject line.

 

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